Three-quarters delivery; has a whippy arm motion with plus arm speed; athletic delivery with clean arm action; moderate effort; delivery isn’t as consistent as it needs to be if he wants to start; inconsistent release point.
Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
45; Middle Reliever
Fastball missed often because of the considerable arm-side movement the pitch had at times, frequently rode in on hitters; shaky command early, refined later in start; above-average life, could be a swing-and-miss offering with advanced command.
Tumbles in the zone, could produce a few swing and misses if he can harness control of the pitch; Didn’t give the pitch a chance on multiple occasions, which made for easy takes.
Has the potential to become a hard slider that gets hitters to chase, but for now, he needs to make the offering tighter and command it better to reach that point.
Garcia has an athletic delivery and a live arm that should play better as a reliever. There is undeniable talent in his profile, but he will never produce at the major-league level unless he can throw strikes at least somewhat consistently. He’ll start in the minors because he’s still young and projectable. But, his stuff should play better once he makes the switch to the pen. He has the potential to make a significant difference there given that his control issues won’t be as much of a problem in shorter appearances, combined with the fact that his already above average fastball will play up in that role.