Phillies Prospect #10: Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia isn't quite the prospect that he once was in the Phillies organization and if he wants to keep from sliding further, he'll need a strong season in 2009.

Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic.
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 2"   Weight: 190 pounds
Birth Date: September 20, 1987
2008 Team(s): Clearwater (14 G), Reading (11 G)
Games/Games Started: 25 G / 24 GS
2008 Ranking: #12

Why Garcia moved from number 12 to number 10: Edgar Garcia got his season off to a strong start last season, posting a 3-0 record with a 3.34 ERA in April, but as it turned out, that would be his strongest month of the season. After 14 games with Clearwater, Garcia still had respectable, but not dominating, stats as a Thresher and was given a promotion to Double-A Reading. Pitching as a 20 year old, Garcia wasn't ready to make the toughest move in the minors and didn't pitch well at Reading. The good news is that he's young enough that it doesn't really hurt him and since he now has some exposure to Double-A ball, he may be better prepared to pitch at that level this season. He's still got good stuff and the potential to be a strong starting rotation candidate, but this will be an important season for him.

STAT Edgar Garcia Florida State League
ERA 3.97 3.80
*DRA 0.11 0.59
H/9 IP 9.08 8.76
HR/9 IP 0.79 0.65
BB/9 IP 2.27 3.37
KO/9IP 7.94 7.22
WHIP 1.26 1.35
*WILD 10.10 13.94
*EFF 1.09 1.00
*DRA (Defensive Runs Average) - a measure of how much a pitcher was hurt by his defense. Basically, the number of runs that the defense allowed through errors. The lower this number, the less a pitcher was hurt by his defense.

*WILD (Wildness rating) - a measure of how many  "bad pitches" a pitcher made during an average game, resulting in walks, hit batters and wild pitches. The lower this number, the better for a pitcher.

*EFF (Efficiency rating) - A basic measurement of how a particular pitcher ranks among other pitchers in his particular league. The higher this number, the higher the pitcher ranked among other pitchers in his particular league.

Repertoire: Garcia's fastball has continued to develop and he gets good, late movement on the pitch. If there was anything to point to last season as a step up for Garcia, it was his slider, which still needs some work, but he made major strides in getting the pitch to act more like a slider than it has for him in the past. He's getting a harder break on the pitch and when his mechanics are right, he gets late movement on the slider as well, which keeps hitters well off-stride. Lagging behind in the change-up, which he'll need to master if he's going to have success at the higher levels.

Pitching Style: If there is any one issue holding Garcia back, it's his lack of consistent mechanics. He'll throw perfectly for a while and without warning, start to rush his delivery or get himself off kilter, which makes all of his pitches flat and very hittable, if they're anywhere near the strike zone. Many times, Garcia will get ahead of hitters and simply not be able to put them away quickly, causing him to waste a lot of effort and pitches to get key outs. With the improvement on his slider and if his change-up ever develops as well as he'll need it to, he would then have the weapons to go after hitters better and put them away.

Projection: This is an important season for Garcia; if he can't conquer Double-A this season, he'll start to fall among the ranks of pitching prospects and start to look much more like a long-relief type candidate. It wasn't long ago that Garcia was a top five caliber prospect, but he hasn't shown the ability to adjust to better hitters and simply hasn't grown into the projections that many scouts saw in him late in his career. Keep his age in mind though, because if he can put up decent Double-A numbers this season, he could be right back on track.

Edgar Garcia's career stats

2005 GCL 4 4 3.56 10 10 55.2 63 26 22 4 13 42 1.37 .284
2006 Batavia 3 5 3.00 12 12 66.0 62 28 22 5 10 46 1.09 .243
2007 Williamsport 1 0 2.13 2 1 8.1 6 2 2 0 2 11 0.96 .200
2007 Lakewood 4 9 4.12 20 20 113.2 119 61 52 10 32 83 1.33 .268
2008 Clearwater 8 2 3.97 14 13 79.1 80 36 35 7 20 70 1.26 .267
2008 Reading 1 7 8.22 11 11 58.0 70 56 53 10 29 34 1.71 .299
TOTALS 21 27 4.39 69 67 381.0 400 209 186 36 106 286 1.33 .269

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