The weeks-long competition for the New York Yankees fifth rotation spot is over after the team announced early this afternoon that top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia was sent down.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees optioned RHP Deivi García to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 26, 2021
Garcia’s trip to Scranton means that Domingo German, who was absent from the 2020 Yankees rotation, has officially locked up that final rotation spot.
Despite the drama following German into spring training, the 28-year-old right-handed pitcher showed his stuff. German made three spring training appearances this year. In nine innings German was able to strike out 13 batters while only allowing five hits and one walk. Most impressively, German pitched all nine innings without allowing a single run.
Garcia, 21, simply wasn’t dominant enough to complete with Germans nasty stuff. In his five spring training appearances, Garcia went 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA.
In his final outing of the spring, Garcia struggled significantly. He has some trouble with locating pitches and getting his breaking ball to break. In just three innings he allowed seven hits, four runs, and two walks.
Although Garcia won’t be on the Yankees opening day roster, this won’t be this last time you see him this season. Garcia will spend time in Triple-A stretching out until the organization calls him up to fill in some gaps.