Garcia Feeling Good

Dominican native Dermis Garca was widely touted as one of the best potential International signings this past year and ultimately inked with the Yankees for a reported $3.2 million. Boasting some of the best raw power around and showing it on full display during Instructs, he says he is feeling really good with how his game is progressing as he gets set for his debut season in 2015.

The Yankees and Dermis Garcia agreeing to terms was one of the worst kept secrets in baseball this past summer as the two sides reportedly had arrangements for months leading up the the eventual July 2nd Signing Day, but when it ultimately happened there was a sense of relief for Garcia.

"I thank the Yankees," Garcia said through the help of a translator. "I was looking forward to signing with the Yankees and playing with them."

Often compared to current Minnesota Twins top prospect Miguel Sano for comparable light-tower power potential at a similar age, Garcia, a shortstop growing up, has also immediately moved to third base just like Sano did when he signed.

"I'm known for my bat and for my hands," . I'm a pretty good hitter and I have power too, I'm more of a complete hitter.

"I have played third before so it isn't that a big a deal. I'm pretty comfortable [already] at third."

Standing 6-foot-3 already and conservatively listed at 190 pounds, he has the kind of plus arm strength that is a major tool at the hot corner and he is nimble enough for a slugging type to show some range there too. Still, he realizes that he's still growing and will have to continue working hard on the defensive side of the ball.

"I have to work on my quickness by doing a lot of agility drills, which I'm doing, and on my aggressiveness, learn to attack the ball more and play it rather than being played," he said.

His professional experience thus far has been limited to the back fields at the Yankees' Dominican academy and some Instructional League games, both in Tampa last month and currently at Dominican Instructs. Though his time has been brief he says he can already feel a difference in his game.

"I have improved the most on my hitting because of the coaching. Before getting here I didn't have the quality of coaching that I have here. I'm staying with an up the middle approach and being able to recognize different types of pitches that I didn't get to see before signing."

He says being part of a much larger signing group like the Yankees have had this signing period [there are over 20 new signees] and not being the only big free agent signing has help increased his comfort level, and so has his ever-increasing exposure to the professional game.

Excited about the progress he has made but yet still recognizing the need for further improvements, he says he feels good about where his game currently is and where it's going as he gets set to officially make his professional debut next season.

"For now I'm okay. I just need to get in [more] games. I can tell though that recognizing pitches is something that I will need to get better at.

"I feel good. I feel good at the plate with all of the at-bats I've been taking. I feel comfortable and I feel confident about my abilities so I'm looking forward to next year," he concluded.


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