Last season in the Gulf Coast League Edgar Garcia only started in two of his 12 appearances used primarily out of the bullpen as an 18- year-old. This year might be different. He has starter stuff.
Yesterday, against the little Bucs from Pirate City, Garcia was impressive pitching three shutout innings striking out five in an extended spring training game on Roberts Field at the Carpenter Complex. Watch his strikeouts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
He showed a 92-93 fastball and used his off speed pitches to keep the Pirates hitters off balance. Last year in the GCL he averaged better than a strikeout an inning over 32.2 innings.
Clearly, he has the stuff at baseball age 19 to be a top pitching prospect in the Phillies minor league chain.
It looks like Edgar will open the regular season with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League and will be one to watch on the mound there.
Along with Will Stewart, highlighted in yesterday blog, the Phillies might have two of the best teenage pitchers around. Stewart is likely to start the season in the Gulf Coast League.