TAMPA — Among the other Yankees pitchers who threw in the bullpen Friday was rookie Deivi Garcia, the 20-year-old right-hander who climbed from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season while also representing the Yankees in the Futures Game.
Garcia ranks as a long-shot candidate, behind the more experienced Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga, to win the Yankees’ fifth starter job as James Paxton rehabilitates from back surgery. Garcia totaled a 4.28 ERA in 111 innings, striking out 165 and walking 54, in his three stops.
“You see why we’re excited about him,” manager Aaron Boone said. “His ability to spin the ball is something that he’s been known for. And obviously a guy that at a very young age has rocketed through our system.
“One of the things that [is] exciting for me watching these guys, that 15 through 30 pitcher [on the Yankees’ depth chart], maybe guys competing for a job in the rotation or the bullpen, there’s so many guys you can really dream upon. You can really picture having a really good career. And Deivi falls into that category.”
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