BRADENTON, Fla. - Yeudy Garcia was the breakout prospect of the year in 2015, and there were some high hopes for his 2016 season. Statistically, he had a good year, with a 2.76 ERA and a 127:54 K/BB ratio in 127.1 innings. But throughout the year, his command was off, leading to short outings and high pitch counts.
Garcia was dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the year, with that soreness finally leading to a doctor visit in Pittsburgh in September. No major surgery was needed, and he took the offseason to rest and recover. He now feels a lot stronger coming into the 2017 season.
"It feels much better after last year," Garcia said, through translator Danny Arribas. "Last year I was throwing a little bit uncomfortable with something in my shoulder. Now, I feel a lot better."
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