Deivi Garcia
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Hard-throwing righty Deivi Garcia didn’t expect to make it to the top level of the New York Yankees farm system so quickly.

Aaron Case

New York Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia might be the only person in the world who is surprised by his recent promotion to the triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

“I was a little caught off-guard (sic), to be honest.” Garcia told’s Lindsay Kramer through a translator. “Not that I didn’t believe in myself, or expect to be eventually at this point. I just didn’t think that it’d be in such a short period of time.”

Garcia learned of his career advancement during the 2019 MLB Futures Game held on Jul. 7 during All-Star weekend. The 20-year-old started for the American League in the showcase, pitching a hitless inning with one strikeout.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Garcia signed with the Bombers in 2015, less than two months after his 16th birthday. He didn’t make it to A-level ball until 2018 but quickly ascended to AA Trenton in the same season.

After starting four games with the single-A Tampa Tarpons in 2019, Garcia again found his way to Trenton. He dominated against Eastern League competition, going 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 starts.

He’s a master whiff inducer, boasting 81 strikeouts in 51 innings, which is good for a 14.3 SO/9 rate. Those eye-popping numbers have led to speculation that he’ll debut in pinstripes in 2019:

The prospect of adding Garcia’s constant no-hitter potential (see this game, this game, and this game) to a rotation that already features homegrown aces Luis Severino and Domingo German should be rather tantalizing for Yankees fans.

The future in the Bronx is bright and breezy with wind generated by hundreds of away-team swings and misses.

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