VENICE, FLA. — Anybody who says they can predict what Deivi Garcia turns into suffers from 3D: de Blasio Delusion Disease.
Will Garcia, the Yankees’ highly-rated pitching prospect, develop into Luis Severino in 2017-18 when the right-hander went 33-14 and was considered among the best in the American League?
Or does he turn into Manny Banuelos, who at 18 was being hailed as a future big-league ace after going 9-5 with a 2.67 ERA in 25 games (19 starts) for Charleston (Low-A)? Injuries ate the lefty up and he never came close to stardom. He went 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA for the 2015 Braves in seven games (six starts) and 3-4 with a 6.93 ERA for last year’s White Sox in 16 games (eight starts). Banuelos, 29 on March 13, was invited to the Mariners’ camp as a non-roster participant this year.
Garcia pitched in Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A last year when he pushed himself into the conversation for a September callup but finished the year at Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In the first two stops Garcia, went 4-6 in 15 starts, struck out 120 and gave up 57 hits in 71 1/3rd innings. He struggled in 11 games (five starts) at SWB where he allowed 39 hits and fanned 45 in 40…