Like every season, the 2018 year was one with its ups and downs. While none of the minor league affiliates managed to win their respective league championship and the system’s ranking took a hit thanks in part to graduations, and disappointing seasons for several prospects there were a few players that had breakout years.
Some of these prospects had a lot of hype from their strong seasons, others not so much. This series will take a look at five players throughout the system that had breakout seasons.
Deivi Garcia – Right-Handed Pitcher
If Michael King was the top the top breakout prospects in the system this past season, there is no doubt that right behind him was right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia.
Garcia, 19, started his season in June with a brief one-game start for the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League before eventually reporting to the South Atlantic League for his true assignment with the Charleston RiverDogs.
With Charleston he was good, pitching to a 2-4 record with a 3.76 ERA in 40 2/3 innings pitched over eight games started with 63 strikeouts. His time in Charleston was as on August 6 he was promoted to the Tampa Tarpons once again.
In five starts for the Tarpons this past season, Garcia went 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched. Batters hit just .192 against him, and that performance earned him a promotion to Double-A on September 2.
Garcia went on to have just one start in the regular season for the Trenton Thunder, in that game he did not allow a hit in five innings pitched, striking out seven batters. He would not appear in the postseason, but even, so he had impressed everyone this season with his pitchability.
Throughout his rise in the farm system, Garcia was praised his maturity and confidence on the mound. While he does not throw as hard as other pitchers in the system, his pitches tend to play up thanks to the tremendous spin rates he puts up. His delivery generates a lot of deception that batters have trouble picking up at the plate, allowing him to put up some of the strong numbers he had in 2018.