Player: Dermis Garcia
Age: 19, January 7, 1998
Affiliate: Pulaski Yankees (Rookie)
Role: Below average player, role/utility type
Risk Factor: Extreme
MLB ETA: 2022
I have experienced all positive encounters with Dermis while working for the Yankees and only heard great things about him from members in the organization. His manager Luis Dorante said “He’s pretty much one of the veterans here in the clubhouse, this is his second year (in Pulaski). So he helps the younger kids how to go about (their business)”. Dorante went on to say that he saw Dermis giving hitting tips on what he does and works for him that could potentially work for his teammate. “That’s something you don’t see with the younger guys…I am always looking for a captain in the clubhouse every year so he might be one of those guys. When he (talks), everyone is going to hear it”.
Hit – Strikeouts have cost him early on in his career. Last season and so far this season, Garcia has been drawing more walks and striking out less. The Dominican Republic native has matured and is now waiting for his pitch at the plate, thanks to a refined more patient approach. His timing is still a tick off, resulting in popups.
Power – Has between 70 – 80 raw power on a 20 – 80 scouting scale. Possesses high end, top of the line power.
Speed/Baserunning – Well below average runner.
Glove – Garcia has become more comfortable at third base since signing. He initially signed as a shortstop but quickly moved to the hot corner. I profile him as a corner outfielder or first basemen. Can catch the ball and has great hands but limited range. Dermis is currently working with infield coordinators and coaches to improve his footwork at first, a new position he will continue to get a look at.
Arm – His throwing needs improvement. Features plus arm strength but his arm often drops too low and causes errant throws to first when he plays third. When talking to Dorante, it was said that Dermis is working on staying on top of the ball to get a more true throw to first.
As Dermis matures and keeps making adjustments as he climbs through the minor league ranks, I expect his power numbers to drastically increase. It really comes down to his timing, once he gets is swing synced up, those popups will become doubles and home runs. He’s very athletic and will become more comfortable at first base as he sees more action and playing time over there. At the end of the day, the crown jewel of the Yankees record 2014 international free agent class will make it to the big leagues even if it’s as a power bat off the bench. There will always be swing and miss in his game but the power is certainly there. If he can cut down on the strikeouts and hit between .240 – .250, he will be a major league regular.