TAMPA – Among the other Yankees pitchers who threw the bullpen on Friday was rookie Deivi Garcia, the 20-year-old right-hander who climbed from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre last season and simultaneously represented the Yankees in the futures game.
Garcia is a longtime candidate behind Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga who wins the Yankees fifth starter job while James Paxton is rehabilitated from back surgery. Garcia scored an ERA of 4.28 in 111 innings, scoring 165 goals and scoring 54 points in his three stops.
"You see why we're excited about him," said manager Aaron Boone. "His ability to spin the ball is something he is known for, and obviously a guy who shot through our system at a very young age.
"One of the things that [is] exciting for me to watch these guys, these 15 to 30 jugs [on the Yankees’ depth chart]Maybe there are so many people you can really dream of when fighting for a job in rotation or bullpen. You can really imagine having a really good career. And Deivi falls into this category. "
Boone praised the catcher Gary Sanchez, who only played 106 games last year due to several injuries, for his physical condition at the start of the camp.
"Everything looks very good with Gary," said Boone. "Were excited. We are pleased that he is working with all of our new people. Hopefully we will continue to see many improvements there."
These “new people” include not only the Yankees 'revised training and conditioning staff, but also the new fishing instructor Tanner Swanson, who introduced a wrinkle to his protégés' spring training routine. Instead of doing defensive exercises, catching jugs in the bullpen and then hitting them, they hit first so they don't get gassed when they grab their bats.
"We see the merit in this," said Boone. "Two days in so far, so good. We will continue to monitor it. "