We know when Julian Garcia is the Clearwater Threshers starting pitcher, a strong well pitched outing is coming up. Yesterday, in the first game of a doubleheader, he pitched six innings of one-run, four-hit baseball. He earned his seventh win of the season as the Threshers downed the Bradenton Marauders 2-1.
Garcia has been “old reliable” in the ever changing Threshers starting rotation this season. He has made every start he was scheduled. In the only game he did not start, he came in the second inning after a one inning appearance by rehabbing Tommy Hunter. In his 17 appearances this season, Julian has allowed more than three runs only twice.
Tuesday’s seven-inning game was no exception to his stellar season. Garcia will never break the radar gun (when, if ever, it works on the Spectrum Field scoreboard.) The gun has not worked for the last month but when it did his fastball sat at 88 mph. His strikeout pitch is his major league quality breaking ball.
Garcia is in the top ten in most starting pitching categories in the Florida State League. In what experts consider the most important category these days, he is fourth in the league in WHIP with a 1.12. Though, he does lead the league in giving up home runs with 12.
Julian has pitched exceptionally well in his last ten appearances going 5-3 with a 2.21 ERA. His 2019 record as a starter is somewhat surprising since he started in only 8 of his 28 appearances last season for Lakewood in the Sally league. He has already pitched 19 more innings than he the pitched in all of his 2018 season.
Yesterday, Madison Stokes tenth home run of the season and a one inning save by Tyler Carr was all Garcia needed to push his record to 7-6.