Thursday, December 16, 2004

Angel Garcia Report

Angel Garcia, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Drafted 107th Overall (4th Rd), 2001 Draft, HS, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'6", 200 lbs

Today I'm going to start profiling some of the players who were selected in monday's Rule 5 Draft. Garcia is a nice place to start because he was selected #1 in the Rule 5. The Rays evidently love the kid. They love him enough to pay the Diamondbacks $100,000 to select Garcia for them, and pay the $50,000 fee that the Twins get for losing him in the draft.

Garcia's pro career has been pretty unremarkable. His best season was 2003, when he posted a 2.89 ERA with 44 K's and 18 walks in 37 1/3 innings for Elizabethton of the Appalachian League at age 19. Towards the end of that year, he had Tommy John surgery and only pitched 18 innings in 2004. He's impressed everybody thus far in the Puerto Rican Winter League, showing a good fastball and a developing change. His control is still a bit rough as he's getting used to his new elbow. But that usually comes back. I honestly have no idea whether he'll be any good. I'm almost certain that he's not ready to be a major leaguer. He's only pitched 10 innings in a full season league, and that was in the Midwest League.

ETA: Opening Day
2 Stars

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