DoTF: Deivi Garcia struggles in second Scranton start

News & Notes

  • RHP Braden Bristo was called up to Trenton with RHP Daniel Bies taking his place in Tampa. Bies, a 2018 7th round pick out of Gonzaga, has been the multi-inning relief ace for Charleston.
  • Trenton SS Kyle Holder made this ridiculous play tonight in addition to a 4-for-4 night. He’s a wizard in the field, as advertised from his draft day.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: (5-4 win over Louisville)

  • Starter: RHP Deivi Garcia: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 43 of 75 pitches (57%) were strikes … The piranha had command issues, though avoided more trouble w/ his strikeouts … The inefficiency here is why he’s still in the Minors. He’ll need to last deeper into games to make MLB as a starter … Conor Foley had him mostly in 92-94 mph
  • In Relief: RHP Domingo Acevedo: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP — Has a 6.10 ERA in Triple-A in 10.2 IP, though he has 12 K.
  • Hitting Star: C Kyle Higashioka: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R — OPS up to .928. He can rake in Triple-A, though we haven’t seen it in MLB.
  • On Deck: 3B Breyvic Valera: 3-for-4, 2B, 1 K
  • Frazier Watch: LF Clint Frazier went 0-for-3 with a R, BB and K.
  • Notables: 2B Thairo Estrada went 1-for-4 with a 2-run double … SS Tyler Wade and RF Trey Amburgey each doubled … DH Mike Ford went 0-for-4 with a BB.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: (6-4 win over Hartford)

  • Starter: RHP Nick Green: 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 6/5 GB/FB — 57 of 84 pitches (68%) were strikes … 10 H allowed in b2b starts.
  • In Relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 3 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Hitting Star: SS Kyle Holder: 4-for-4, 2B — 10-game hitting streak
  • On Deck: 1B Chris Gittens: 2-for-4, solo HR, BB
  • Notables: C Kellin Deglan walked twice and scored two runs … RF Isiah Gilliam went 1-for-4 with a 2B, RBI and 2 K.

High-A Tampa Tarpons: (8-3 win over Bradenton)

  • Starter: RHP Trevor Stephan: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 6/3 GB/FB — 51 of 75 pitches (68%) were strikes.
  • In Relief: RHP Janson Junk: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Hitting Star: RF Leonardo Molina: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • On Deck: 2B Kyle Gray: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • Florial Watch: DH Estevan Florial: 0-for-4, 2 K
  • Notables: SS Diego Castillo went 1-for-5 … 1B Steven Sensley went 0-for-2 with 2 BB and 2 R … DH Alexander Palma went 1-for-3 with a R and a BB.

Single-A Charleston Riverdogs: (8-3 win over Lexington)

  • Starter: RHP Alexander Vizcaino: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 5/4 GB/FB — 64 of 88 pitches (73%) were strikes.
  • In Relief: RHP Dalton Lehnen: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K — Got a save while lowering his ERA to 0.68.
  • Hitting Star: LF Canaan Smith: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — 6th in SAL with .304 avg. He’s raking and he’ll have to keep doing so as bat-first prospect, but this has been a standout season for him.
  • On Deck: CF Brandon Lockridge: 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Notables: SS Oswald Peraza went 1-for-5 with a R and SB while RF Frederick Cuevas went 2-for-3 with a R, RBI, HBP and 2 SB … 3B Max Burt stole home on a double steal … 1B Eric Wagaman went 2-for-4 with a 2B and RBI.

Short-Season Staten Island Yankees: (11-0 loss vs. Aberdeen)

  • Starter: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP — 46 of 70 pitches (66%) were strikes ... Had allowed 3 ER in 32.2 IP before this start … 2018’s 10th-round pick.
  • In Relief: RHP Marcus Evey: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
  • In Relief: RHP Derek Craft: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Hitting Star: 2B Ezequiel Duran and CF Evan Alexander: 1-for-4
  • On Deck: RF Jake Sanford: 1-for-4, 2 K
  • Notables: DH Spencer Henson went 0-for-2 with a HBP and was lifted for a PHer in the 9th, though that was 2 AB after the HBP.

Rookie-Level Pulaski Yankees: (8-1 loss to Burlington)

  • Starter: RHP Yoendrys Gomez: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 1 Balk, 4/3 GB/FB — 45 of 74 pitches (61%) were strikes … Most runs he’s given up stateside since his debut at 17 two years ago.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
  • Hitting Star: CF Antonio Cabello: 1-for-4, solo homer
  • On Deck: SS Roberto Chirinos: 2-for-4
  • Notables: LF Ryder Green went 1-for-4 … 1B Nelson B. Alvarez went 0-for-3 with 3 K … 2B Borinquen Mendez went 1-for-3 w/ a 2B

GCL Yankees East: (8-0 loss to GCL Tigers East)

  • Starter: LHP Deivi Diaz: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP
  • In Relief: RHP Matt Minnick: 2 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 K
  • In Relief: RHP Joensy Abreu: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP
  • Hitting Star: SS Alexander Vargas: 1-for-4, 2B
  • On Deck: 2B Asdrubal Alvarez: 1-for-3, 2B

GCL Yankees West: (5-4 walk-off win over GCL Blue Jays) … One run in the eighth, two in the ninth to steal the win.

  • MiLB Rehab: RHP Michael King: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — Third appearance for King, who pitched 1.2 IP last time. Figure he’ll go 4-5 IP on May 25.
  • In Relief: RHP Blas Castano: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Paciorek: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K — Second pro win for this year’s 7th round pick out of Northwestern.
  • Hitting Star: DH Juan Crisp: 2-for-4, walk-off 2-run single
  • On Deck: SS Angel Rojas: 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R — The 18-year-old has struggled in the GCL with a .192/.283/.231 line and this is just his second multi-hit game in 17 total games.
  • Notables: CF Raimfer Salinas went 1-for-3 with a HBP and 2 SB … 2B Jose Colmenares went 0-for-3 with a BB, HBP, 2 R and 1 K … 1B Jose Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple and a R.


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  1. daryl bennett

    In 51 IP in trenton, Garcia had 25 bb. The K rate is fantastic, but he throws a lot of balls (ie over 50% in his second AAA start), so this will be exploited more in the AA to AAA jump. He’s still only 21, at AAA, with good K ability. So I think this will be his biggest challenge/growth/improvement–now making the change to K with fewer bb. For reference, severino walked about 25% of batters.

    The other name, Miguel yajure, has a good K rate and lower bb, but he’s 21 in A+. So I’m hoping for a promotion for him soon. He’s got one of the lowest era’s in the level, so hope he can get up to AA and improve his stuff.

    • RetroRob

      Facing the more advanced hitters he’s now seeing will help Garcia improve his command. He’ll need to.

      Also, he’s not even 21 yet. He just turned 20-years-old in May. Easily one of the youngest players in the league.

    • RetroRob

      I thought I posted a note on this earlier, so apologies if it appears twice eventually.

      First up, Garcia is even younger than your stated age of 21. He only just turned 20-years-old in May. He was a teenager two months ago. That’s important to note as he is one of the youngest players/pitchers in AAA. The talent is there, but the experience is not. Playing against much more seasoned competition, and with the MLB ball, should help accelerate his learning curve. He’ll see that he can’t walk as many people against top competition and get by.

      It is a little surprising that he has command issues. The general rule is that it takes taller pitchers longer to master their command. At 5’9″ max, he has a more compact body. I’d think he’d have a little easier time mastering his control and command, but that also gets back to just how young he is. He’s still learning.

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