Garcia dazzles in minor league outing

The Stats We Use: OPS+, wRC+, and ERA+
Open Thread: Nick Swisher FTW

Frankie Piliere of AOL Fanhouse was in the building yesterday to watch Yankees’ farmhand Chris Garcia take on the Phillies in a minor league contest, and I think saying he was impressed is an understatement. “Garcia is a complete, three-pitch pitcher, and that is with three plus pitches,” he says. “I don’t like to throw around plus grades often, so to see a pitcher with three plus pitches is a real rarity.” Of course, stuff was never the issue with Garcia, it’s always about his ability to stay on the mound. He’s dealt with knee, elbow, and oblique issues over the last few years, and has thrown just 260.2 innings since being drafted in 2004, 112 of which came in 2005.

Hopefully he stays healthy this season and surprises us all by contributing to the big league team in some capacity. I’m not going to hold my breath, but you’re more than welcome to get excited. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The Stats We Use: OPS+, wRC+, and ERA+
Open Thread: Nick Swisher FTW
  • pat

    Garcia + Nunez = Profit.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Shh, Mike doesn’t like Nunez!

  • Steve H

    At what point would Garcia be worth something as trade bait? Half a season healthy, a full season, two seasons?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Two starts in a row. He’s like Carl Pavano but worse.

      • Darrelle Edwards

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        • Benjamin Kabak


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  • The Three Amigos

    Garcia to the 8th!!!!!! Joba to AAA.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    You’d better keep holding your breath, Mike. We all know Garcia will break if you breathe on him.

    • bexarama


  • Steve H

    What is Piliere’s background? Is it in scouting, or is this more of a fan/reporter report?

    • Mike Axisa

      He used to work for the Rangers and some other team, not he’s a reporter/analyst.

    • Jamal G.

      Former scout for the Texas Rangers.

    • Steve H

      Scratch that, just read the whole post and saw at the bottom what his background is. I’m JIMP’ing right now.

    • Jamal G.

      Also, along with Lincoln Hamilton of Project Prospect, he was a writer for what was easily and quickly becoming one of the best amateur/prospect blogs out there, the now defunct Saber Scouting.

      • Jamal G.

        Oh and I can’t forget Kiley McDaniel. Damn, what treat that blog was.

      • Steve H

        Thank you both.

        • scooter

          Before all that, Frankie was an analyst for Pinstripes Plus/, and an occasional contributor at

          He got a lot of people tuned in to prospects on both boards. He was one of the few voices urging people to give Melky a chance after his rushed appearance in the majors…. and a big booster of Wang and Cano.

  • pat

    He’s been dealing with the same arm BS that Burnett had to deal with, TJ then bone chips and scar tissue. There’s hope for this young lad. He’s still only 24 years old.

    • Steve H

      Maybe they should tell Garcia it’s a contract year?

      • pat

        I approve of this manipulation.

      • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        In effect, a guy with a crazy-long history of injuries like that is almost always in a contract year.

  • Kevin M.

    If he works out Cash gets all the credit for keeping this kid on teh 40 when everybody else gave up on him.

    • Snakes on the mother effin Temple Of Doom

      Huh. All this time I thought it was Karim Garcia on the 40.


    I’m not going to hold my breath, but you’re more than welcome to get excited. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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  • Reggie C.

    On a day of mixed news, Garcia’s outing makes me smile. I just kinda expect the next time one of the Trio mentions Garcia in a post it won’t be performance-related. That’s just how Garcia’s career has turned out till this point. I’d like to be proven wrong though.

  • Dirty Pena

    Where is AISD when you need him?

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Magic Johnson? Oh, you said AIDS. Well then, carry on…

      • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Hah. Of course I screwed that up. So typical of me.

  • Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    Meh doesnt matter if he stays healthy makes it as a MLB starter. The Yankees will find way to fukk it up.

  • pete

    I propose that we completely ignore every mention of Chritian Garcia’s name from now on, unless he is actually pitching at the MLB level. Otherwise we’re just setting ourselves up for disappointment. From now on, Chris Garcia no longer exists.

  • AndrewYF

    Mike, Mike, for shame. I thought you proclaimed that Garcia was dead to you. And now you’re looking at scouting reports?

    You let him go. Don’t look back.

  • Coach6423

    3+ pitches!!!! Sounds like an 8th inning guy to me….

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m glad he’s healthy. Here’s hoping it lasts.

    (This is like letting the crazy ex-girlfriend back into your life who can’t stop cheating on you. Sure, she might have changed this time, but more likely, she’ll break your heart again.)

  • Omar

    Garcia for 5th starter.

  • RollingWave

    they need to buy him a oxygen bubble to be kepted in at all times, (hopefully while he’s pitching too, if that’s possible)

  • Chip

    I’ll go out on a limb and say that Garcia is going to be the fifth starter next season so the club felt comfortable putting Joba in the bullpen to be the heir to Rivera. A front office executive from a rival team told me so

    • Johnny

      That limb is going to break off quicker than Garcia’s arm.

      • DCBX

        IETC. Hilarious!