One of the writers for NBC Sports Philadelphia was so excited in a recent article that he could not get over the numbers Seranthony Dominguez has put up for the Phillies. Read HERE
He wrote, “Dominguez is the only reliever in recorded history (dating back to 1908) to record at least two outs and allow no runs, hits or walks in his first five major-league appearances.”
Yes, the 23-year-old Dominguez has been good so far out of the pen for the Phillies but they just might have another shutdown relief pitcher who has been very effective in Reading. His name is 21-year-old Edgar Garcia.
On MiLB-TV Friday night we watched Garcia pitch two shutout innings in the bottom of the ninth inning in regulation and in the tenth inning with the “runner on second rule” in extra innings of a 1-1 game. Edgar’s major league caliber slider was the key pitch in the three strikeouts he recorded. Unfortunately, after he departed the Fightin Phils could not generate any runs and went on to lose in 12 innings in Erie Pa.
Dominguez pitched only eight games for Reading to start the season before he was called up to Lehigh Valley and eventually the Phillies. With Reading Seranthony was 1-2 with one blown save. He pitched to a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings, allowed 3 earned runs, 8 hits and struck out 18.
In Garcia’s last eight games for Reading, he is 2-0 and 3 for 3 in save opportunities. In those eight games, he has pitched to a 0.00 ERA in 11.2 innings, allowed 0 earned runs, 3 hits, 5 walks and struck out 16.
Garcia does not throw as hard as Dominguez, but his slider is the best I have seen since the days of Brad Lidge.