PP 2004 Scouting Report: RHP, Jose Garcia

The New York Yankees came to terms with right-handed pitcher Jose Garcia a non-drafted free agent. The Venezuelan hard throwing right-hander was assigned to the Battle Creek Yankees of the Mid-West League.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Jose Garcia
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
DOB: June 2nd, 1981
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 1st, 1999

Jose Garcia has excelled at every level and is now considered a top-rated pitching prospect by the Yankee Organization. In his first season at Battle Creek, Garcia went 9-8 in 21 starts. His season was highlighted by a MWL All-Star selection, coupled with pitcher of the week honors (June16-22). He was top ten in ERA (2.64) and complete games (4), hurling 136.3 innings while only allowing 111 hits. His most impressive stat was his K/BB, which was an impressive 90/33.

Garcia was promoted to the Class A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League where he ended the 2003, second in the organization in ERA (2.52). He was a dominant pitcher at home going 5-2 at Battle Creek and 1-0 in Tampa. Battle Creek manager, Mitch Seoane hailed Garcia as the catalyst to turning the season around, "…the pitching situation was pretty chaotic, though it settled down in August where Garcia was easily the best."

In 2003 Garcia pitched briefly with former Yankee prospect Brandon Claussen, who was later traded for Aaron Boone, and current Yankee prospect Ramon Ramirez.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Tampa

1-1

20.2

13

4

14

1.74

2003

Battle Creek

9-8

136.1

111

33

90

2.64

2003

Arkansas

2-2

33.2

39

15

25

4.54


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Change-up.

Fastball. Garcia is a hard thrower, with a fastball in the 90's. He has shown great control for a young pitcher, keeping his ERA under 2.70 since signing with the Yankees in 1999, sporting a 90/33 strikeout to walk ratio.

Other Pitches. Garcia has a curve, and a change-up, but his out pitch is the fastball. Like fellow pitching prospect Ramon Ramirez, Garcia's stuff can be nasty at times and has the control to keep hitters off balance.

Pitching. Garcia, has impressed the Yankees so far, but must continue at AAA. With the lack of pitching depth throughout the organization, Garcia has a chance to get a closer look as a potential starter, along with fellow young fire-baller Ramon Ramirez.

Projection. #2 or #3 Starter. Given the age of the Yankees starting staff, Garcia needs at least one more impressive minor league stint, most likely two, to find himself at Yankee Stadium. He'll most likely begin in Tampa to start 2004 with a likely promotion to Trenton later in the year.

ETA. 2005/2006. The success of Jon Lieber and Jose Contreras will dictate the direction the Yankees choose to go with their pitching staff in the immediate future.

Starting Pitchers Team
Jorge De Paula AAA - Columbus Clippers
Alex Graman AAA - Columbus Clippers
Christian Parker AAA - Columbus Clippers
Eric Schmitt AAA - Columbus Clippers
Andy Beal AA - Trenton Thunder
Eddie Candelario AA - Trenton Thunder
Brad Halsey AA - Trenton Thunder
Javier Ortiz AA - Trenton Thunder
Edison Reynoso AA - Trenton Thunder
Chien-Ming Wang AA - Trenton Thunder
Sean Henn A - Tampa Yankees
Dave Martinez A - Tampa Yankees
Mark Phillips A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Garcia A - Tampa Yankees
Jose Valdez A - Tampa Yankees
Ray Clark A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jon Skaggs A - Battle Creek Yankees
Matthew DeSalvo A - Battle Creek Yankees
Brandon Harmsen A - Staten Island Yankees
Jeffrey Karstens A - Staten Island Yankees
Chase Wright A - Staten Island Yankees
Abel Gomez R - GCL Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - GCL Yankees
Toni Lara R - GCL Yankees
Edgar Soto R - GCL Yankees
Guilermo Villalona R - GCL Yankees


COMMENTS


1. Danny Borrell - Faces the comeback trail after undergoing season-ending surgery on a torn ligament in his left shoulder in the beginning of June. Relies on control.

2. Sean Henn - Been a long road back following Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for all of 2002 season. 16 starts last season, sporting a 3.61 ERA.

3. Chien-Ming Wang - Possesses a great repertoire (FB 90-94 mph, SPL, SL, CU). Health still a concern after missing 2001 with shoulder surgery. Led Staten Island to 2002 NY Penn League title.

4. Alex Graman - Still needs work on command of the strike zone. Varies speeds well between four seam and two seam fastball. Also has a splitter, his best weapon, a slider, and a changeup.

5. Javier Ortiz - Has history of knee and back ailments. Features a FB that rides in the 90-94 range and he will occasionally drop down to a 3/4 arm angle and throw it at 90-92. Tossed a system high 177 innings between SAL and FSL in 2002.

6. Jose Valdez - Unorthodox pitching delivery, but throws between 95-97 mph consistently. Could rocket through the system. Is something special.

7. David Martinez - Rocky 2003, going 5-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 56.1 innings. Can be very wild at times, had 16 wild pitches last season.

8. Andy Beal - Excellent control, just 20 BB in 74.1 IP while with Trenton in 2003. Went 6-0, allowing just 4 HR while striking out 64.

9. Chase Wright - Started fourteen games for Staten Island in 2003, allowed 82 H in 81.0 IP. Has strike out ability and solid control.

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