The Phillies 2015 Florida Instructs Season opened t0day against the Blue Jays instructs at the Blue Jays minor league facility in Dunedin.
One of Phillies players who stood out was pitcher Edgar Garcia. The soon to be 19-year old did give up a run in his two innings of work but was impressive striking out the side after giving up a single and a triple to open his second inning of work in the sixth inning.
Instruct games are great opportunities to see young players in action and Garcia did not disappoint. He is in only his second professional season. He held the Blue Jays runner at third who had tripled to drive in a run with no outs and used his slider to strikeout the next three batters in turn. Watch his final strike three pitch, HERE.
Garcia is one of the young pitchers who have potential. He showed today he already has a major league slider in the works. We watched him pitch during the Gulf Coast League this season. He was a strong in relief in but struggled in his two starts going 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA as a starter.
But in 10 relief appearances this season he had a win and loss and was 2 for 2 in save opportunities. Opponents hit only .182 off him. He had a 2.52 ERA with 0.96 WHIP while striking out 26 in 25 innings out of the pen.
Clearly showing a major league level slider today at Instructs, Edgar Garcia has a bright future ahead of him. It remains to be seen whether it is as a starter or reliever.