Plus arm speed with a clean arm action; some effort in delivery.
Jupiter Hammerheads (High A, Marlins)
50, Set-up man
Plus velocity; throws a lot of strikes, average command within strike zone; straight, not a deceiving pitch, effective because of velocity; must improve in-zone command, works down but can improve throwing to all four quadrants.
More vertical movement than horizontal, but not straight down; good ones have bigger break but remain sharp; when he overthrows it remains sharp but break is shorter; should be a highly effective pitch vs. LH batters; will need to reach peak to miss right-handed bats.
Inconsistent offering, keeps it low consistently but limited movement; some arm-side fade but below-average movement; has a tendency to get too firm with pitch, loses movement and becomes very hittable.
Garcia's success is due to his fastball/slider combination which makes for one of the better two-pitch arsenals from the left side in the minors. The slider is already a highly effective pitch against lefties and could eventually be a weapon against righties as well. There is some effort to his delivery, which could lead to a relief role, but it wouldn't be an issue if he had a more well-rounded arsenal.
His changeup is below-average and doesn't show a ton of potential for growth. That leaves him with a two-pitch arsenal that will make it tough to remain a starter. Additionally, his slender build puts extra strain on his arm to create his velocity, especially later in outings when his legs tire.
He has a chance to remain a starter if he adds strength in the lower half and can get his change-up to league-average, but those are two major questions for a player who is already 22. He's a very talented pitcher, however, and should be a highly effective reliever, and potentially one who can pitch in high-leverage situations.