Garcia Impressing Early On

TAMPA, FL - Dermis Garcia, boasting some incredible physical tools, turned being the top international prospect in 2014 according to into signing with the New York Yankees for $3.2 million at only 16-years-old. So far, however, the now 17-year-old has handled himself better than some adults do when they come into that type of money.

For Garcia, the most exciting part of being a professional baseball player isn’t the money he has come into, but the chance to get better every day.

Manger Julio Mosquera and hitting coach Edwar Gonzalez said the same thing: He is a pro already. Garcia, in his first year as a professional baseball player, took the spring very seriously.

“I came to camp strong and just worked on maintaining my weight,” Garcia said [through a translator]. “I worked on getting better and improving my agility.”

Garcia worked with Vasilio Tejada in his native Dominican Republic prior to signing with the Yankees. Tejada has groomed many players. He worked with a guy called Robinson Cano when he was younger and more recently with Minnesota Twins prospect Migual Sano.

“The tools he has to play this game, plus his aptitude and the way he goes about his business is very impressive for a player his age,” Gonzalez said.

The Yankee Way is not lost on Garcia; he knows this is a very disciplined organization and realizes he must keep working on the rules and standards set by the team, which is culturally, the biggest difference for him.

His time in Extended Spring Training has gone well. According to Gonzalez, he has done everything the team has asked of him and he wants to learn as much as he can.

“He needs to be a student of game,” Gonzalez said. “He needs to read pitchers, figure out what their fastball is doing that day, if they have command and things like that.”

He makes the right adjustments during the game to help him battle pitchers that may be as much as four years older than him. For Gonzalez, the most exciting part of Garcia’s game is his power and ability to hit.

“Usually, it’s one or the other with young guys, but he has the ability to control his barrel through the strike zone,” Gonzalez said. “That combination is hard to find in such a young player.”

Garcia does have a tendency to have a long swing but Gonzalez says it’s a minor thing for him and easy to fix.

Gonzalez is impressed that Garcia never gives away an at-bat and even when the results of the Extended Spring games don’t matter, he is determined to win the game.

Garcia is dripping with potential and Mosquera knows this.

“He is the kind of player, as an organization, we are really excited about,” Mosquera said. “He has promising tools and our job is to help him succeed.”

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