Garcia signed with the Yankees during the 2015 international signing period out of the Dominican Republic. He had a breakout season in 2018, beginning in Class A and pitching his way to Double-A Trenton by year’s end. Overall, he logged 74 innings, pitching to a 2.55 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 105/20.
The 19-year-old is undersized for a starting pitcher, only listed at 5-foot-10 and 163 pounds, though there’s room for projection as he matures into his frame. Garcia has a smooth, repeatable delivery. His fastball sits in the low-90s and touches 95 mph with a fluid arm-stroke, generating late ride that hops up on hitters. He commands the fastball well for his age and will keep developing his in-zone location with pro experience. Garcia’s curveball (75-to-78 mph) is a true out pitch, showing hard 11-to-5 shape with a feel to both land in the zone or expand for swings. His mid-80s changeup is raw and lags behind his other two pitches. The change has flashes, and he’s young enough to hope it gets to average in time.
Garcia responded to every challenge the Yankees threw at him this season. He’s still a few years from being ready and there’s durability risks given the slighter frame, but the chance for two plus pitches gives a mid-rotation ceiling.