Position: Left Handed Pitcher Height: 6-2 Weight: 165
Born: 10/30/1984 Bats: Left Throws: Left
Garcia came stateside after a couple of seasons pitching for the Tigers Dominican Summer League affiliate. Despite rousing success in the Dominican, very few were expecting great things from Garcia. Pitching for the GCL Tigers in 2005, Ramon posted a 3.65 ERA in 56.2 innings. Despite this success, many remain skeptical of a 20-year old pitching against typically much younger and rawer players in the complex league. Another step up the organizational ladder in 2006 could be a huge challenge.
As bad as it sounds, Garcia is pretty much a run-of-the-mill lefty pitching prospect. He has an average fastball that can touch the low-90s on occasion, but regularly sits in the 87-89 range. Garcia consistently throws strikes with his fastball, but often struggles to spot it in the strike zone, often elevating it to a very hittable location. His off-speed pitches need refinement, both in terms of consistency and location. Without improvement on his alternate offerings, Garcia will likely be destined for a role in the bullpen. A solid athlete, Ramon fields his position well and understands his defensive role on the diamond. Added strength and maturity to his slight frame could result in additional velocity, which would help him in either a starters or relievers role.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP WHIP R
Garcia has not experienced any significant injuries at this juncture in his career.
Ramon is likely to join Oneonta for the 2006 season, and his role on that team will be determined largely by the makeup of the Tigers 2006 draft class. The Tigers will need to challenge Garcia to get him back on the proper developmental curve, and the most likely avenue for making this happen would be in the bullpen. Garcia could move quickly as a situational lefty, but the organization may be reluctant to relegate him to that small of a role so early in his professional career. Ramon is unlikely to receive his true first test until he reaches his first full-season league, which if the Tigers decide to be aggressive, could be sometime later in the 2006 season.