Brian Cashman doesn’t rule out ‘amazing’ Deivi Garcia for 2020 Yankees rotation

As fans try to recover from the Yankees’ World Series drought continuing after their ALCS loss to the Astros, prospects in the organization’s farm system provide something to look forward to.

Particularly 20-year-old pitcher Deivi Garcia. The Dominican Republic native entered this season as one of the most highly touted pitching prospects in the organization, and lived up to the hype.

“Amazing,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, according to NJ.com, when asked how to describe Garcia’s season just before the start of the ALCS.

The Yankees will need to add Garcia to the 40-man roster this offseason to avoid potentially losing the promising pitching prospect to the Rule 5 Draft. Cashman didn’t shut down the idea of Garcia becoming part of the Yankees’ rotation next season, mentioning how Jordan Montgomery did something similar in 2017.

“How would I know?” Cashman said. “Jordan Montgomery won a rotation spot, he wasn’t even on a competition list that anybody was talking about going into the spring. He wasn’t part of the depth chart, and he leapfrogged everybody and the coaches were pounding the table for him.”

The right-handed Garcia climbed through the farm system in 2019 and finished the season with a 5-9 record, 4.28 ERA and 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 26 games (21 starts) across three levels. He started out in High-A Tampa, advanced to Double-A Trenton and finished the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he showed promise and worked out some growing pains. While in Triple-A, Garcia started off as a starter but shifted to the bullpen. He had a 5.40 ERA in 11 Triple-A appearances, including six starts.

Longtime Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Garcia had grown tired while at Triple-A, resulting in his inconsistencies. Cashman said he was very impressed with what he saw from Garcia and showed excitement to see how Garcia improves after this season.

“For his age, to do what he’s doing,” Cashman said. “I was just looking at Baseball America last night and he’s listed as like, Double-A All-Star, and I think it opened up with him being the youngest pitcher in the Eastern League. And I was like, he was probably the youngest pitcher in the [Triple-A] International League, and if he got here, he would have been the youngest pitcher in the big leagues. It was an incredible run. But obviously he’ll go on the roster this winter and we’ll see what we got in the spring.”

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