Garcia rocketed through three levels last year, finishing 2018 in Double-A as a 19-year-old. Back at the level this season, he’s still extremely young for the Eastern League at 20 and has been one of the circuit’s top starting pitchers in 2019. Named a league all-star, Garcia has missed a ton of bats for Trenton despite seeing his walk rate climb a bit with his first extended exposure to upper-level competition. He’ll be skipping the Eastern League All-Star Game only because he was named to the Futures Game a few days prior.
Just 5-foot-9, Garcia is the rare extra-short righty who actually has a chance to start. He’s durably built for his size and works with a deep arsenal, showing flashes of sequencing that demonstrates projectable pitchability. The fastball sits in the 92-to-94 mph range and touches 96-97 mph at best, with above-average riding life that hops above barrels up in the zone. Garcia’s off-speed repertoire consists of a sharp low-80s curve and firm upper-80s changeup he could live to take some off of. He has also leaned more heavily on an 88-to-91 mph cutter/slider hybrid this season, an interesting wrinkle that could develop into a larger part of his mix.
Still only 20-years-old, Garcia has plenty of time to refine aspects of his control and overall polish. He has struck out nearly 40-percent of opposing hitters (in Double-A, no less) while aged like most college sophomores in the draft. That’s meaningful, but the lack of size—and its likely correlation to long term durability—probably cap the ceiling somewhere around a FV 50 mid-rotation starter. That’s still a very valuable prospect, and there are plenty of scenarios in which this type of arm can be deployed in a versatile manner between a number of roles if he doesn’t hold up as a traditional every-fifth-day rotation piece.