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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 4.04 1.35 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date7-8-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age32 years, 3 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.92014
3.62015
2.22016
1.92017
-1.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2008 SLN MLB 10 1 16.0 1 1 0 14 8 8 4 .268 96 7.9 4.5 2.2 4.5 62% .208 .271 1.38 7.04 5.62 121 7.08 151.0 -0.3
2010 SLN MLB 28 28 163.3 13 8 0 151 64 132 9 .262 89 8.3 3.5 0.5 7.3 57% .292 .247 1.32 3.43 2.70 89 3.95 89.3 2.5
2011 SLN MLB 32 32 194.7 13 7 0 207 50 156 15 .255 97 9.6 2.3 0.7 7.2 55% .318 .258 1.32 3.19 3.56 85 3.71 86.3 3.1
2012 SLN MLB 20 20 121.7 7 7 0 136 30 98 7 .255 98 10.1 2.2 0.5 7.2 56% .339 .260 1.36 3.00 3.92 83 2.84 65.1 3.3
2013 SLN MLB 9 9 55.3 5 2 0 57 15 43 6 .248 104 9.3 2.4 1.0 7.0 64% .300 .256 1.30 3.69 3.58 81 2.98 71.4 1.3
2014 SLN MLB 7 7 43.7 3 1 0 39 7 39 6 .254 104 8.0 1.4 1.2 8.0 54% .270 .246 1.05 3.79 4.12 93 3.21 78.6 0.9
2015 SLN MLB 20 20 129.7 10 6 0 106 30 97 6 .252 96 7.4 2.1 0.4 6.7 62% .267 .213 1.05 3.02 2.43 84 2.76 64.5 3.6
2016 SLN MLB 32 30 171.7 10 13 0 179 57 150 26 .261 96 9.4 3.0 1.4 7.9 58% .305 .281 1.37 4.52 4.67 93 4.21 93.2 2.2
2017 ATL 0 18 18 113.0 4 7 0 108 41 85 12 .259 92 8.6 3.3 1.0 6.8 56% .287 .259 1.32 4.16 4.30 94 4.31 91.8 1.6
2017 MIN 0 1 1 6.7 1 0 0 8 3 7 0 .256 107 10.8 4.0 0.0 9.4 47% .421 .259 1.65 2.38 4.05 103 5.34 113.6 0.0
2017 NYA 0 8 8 37.3 0 3 0 41 20 37 6 .262 103 9.9 4.8 1.4 8.9 54% .327 .285 1.63 4.84 4.82 105 4.94 105.1 0.3
2018 CHN 0 8 1 7.7 0 1 0 6 6 4 0 .265 102 7.0 7.0 0.0 4.7 54% .250 .221 1.57 4.42 4.70 106 5.64 126.1 -0.0
2018 TOR 0 25 13 74.3 3 6 0 76 38 69 13 .262 106 9.2 4.6 1.6 8.4 43% .297 .291 1.53 5.26 5.93 114 6.34 141.6 -1.0
2017 TOT MLB 27 27 157.0 5 10 0 157 64 129 18 .260 95 9.0 3.7 1.0 7.4 56% .302 .266 1.41 4.25 4.41 97 4.50 95.9 1.9
2018 TOT MLB 33 14 82.0 3 7 0 82 44 73 13 .262 105 9.0 4.8 1.4 8.0 44% .292 .285 1.54 5.18 5.82 113 6.27 140.1 -1.0
CareerMLB2181881135.0706201128369925110.258978.92.90.97.356%.301.2581.323.783.85913.9188.117.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 QUD A 13 13 77.2 5 4 0 67 18 80 1 .000 7.8 2.1 0.1 9.3 0% .306 .000 1.10 2.17 2.91 0 0.00 0.0
2006 PMB A+ 12 12 77.1 5 4 0 84 16 51 3 .000 9.8 1.9 0.4 6.0 0% .327 .000 1.30 3.09 3.85 0 0.00 0.0
2007 SFD AA 18 18 103.3 5 9 0 93 45 97 14 .255 104 8.1 3.9 1.2 8.5 59% .281 .259 1.34 4.46 3.75 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SLN MLB 10 1 16.0 1 1 0 14 8 8 4 .268 96 7.9 4.5 2.2 4.5 62% .208 .271 1.38 7.04 5.62 121 7.08 151.0
2008 SFD AA 6 6 35.0 3 2 0 26 16 41 0 .276 91 6.7 4.1 0.0 10.5 63% .302 .208 1.20 2.52 2.06 0 0.00 0.0
2008 MEM AAA 13 12 71.0 4 4 0 74 26 59 6 .253 107 9.4 3.3 0.8 7.5 56% .315 .256 1.41 4.14 4.44 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PMB A+ 3 2 12.7 0 1 0 4 4 16 0 .246 91 2.8 2.8 0.0 11.3 73% .182 .106 0.63 1.62 0.71 0 0.00 0.0
2009 MEM AAA 4 4 21.0 2 0 0 17 9 22 5 .283 90 7.3 3.9 2.1 9.4 62% .208 .223 1.24 6.02 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
2009 CRD Rk 2 2 4.0 0 1 0 4 1 3 0 .253 91 9.0 2.2 0.0 6.8 85% .308 .186 1.25 2.56 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2010 SLN MLB 28 28 163.3 13 8 0 151 64 132 9 .262 89 8.3 3.5 0.5 7.3 57% .292 .247 1.32 3.43 2.70 89 3.95 89.3
2011 SLN MLB 32 32 194.7 13 7 0 207 50 156 15 .255 97 9.6 2.3 0.7 7.2 55% .318 .258 1.32 3.19 3.56 85 3.71 86.3
2012 SLN MLB 20 20 121.7 7 7 0 136 30 98 7 .255 98 10.1 2.2 0.5 7.2 56% .339 .260 1.36 3.00 3.92 83 2.84 65.1
2012 SFD AA 2 2 10.3 1 0 0 8 0 11 2 .247 93 7.0 0.0 1.7 9.6 50% .231 .219 0.77 3.66 5.23 0 0.00 0.0
2012 MEM AAA 1 1 5.0 0 1 0 4 3 8 1 .266 91 7.2 5.4 1.8 14.4 70% .333 .270 1.40 4.86 3.60 0 0.00 0.0
2012 CRD Rk 1 1 2.3 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 .241 106 15.4 0.0 0.0 3.9 78% .444 .267 1.71 2.57 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 9 9 55.3 5 2 0 57 15 43 6 .248 104 9.3 2.4 1.0 7.0 64% .300 .256 1.30 3.69 3.58 81 2.98 71.4
2014 SLN MLB 7 7 43.7 3 1 0 39 7 39 6 .254 104 8.0 1.4 1.2 8.0 54% .270 .246 1.05 3.79 4.12 93 3.21 78.6
2014 SFD AA 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 .267 102 13.5 4.5 4.5 9.0 80% .500 .406 2.00 9.12 9.00 74 3.26 67.5
2014 MEM AAA 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 3 2 5 1 .271 86 5.4 3.6 1.8 9.0 46% .167 .248 1.00 5.49 3.60 95 3.08 62.5
2015 SLN MLB 20 20 129.7 10 6 0 106 30 97 6 .252 96 7.4 2.1 0.4 6.7 62% .267 .213 1.05 3.02 2.43 84 2.76 64.5
2015 PEO A 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 .249 98 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.8 67% .000 .040 0.00 1.59 0.00 88 3.75 82.4
2015 SFD AA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 6 0 6 1 .262 101 9.0 0.0 1.5 9.0 65% .312 .216 1.00 3.46 3.00 56 2.38 51.2
2015 MEM AAA 1 1 2.7 0 1 0 6 2 3 0 .264 87 20.2 6.8 0.0 10.1 45% .545 .448 3.00 4.72 16.88 109 3.51 75.6
2016 SLN MLB 32 30 171.7 10 13 0 179 57 150 26 .261 96 9.4 3.0 1.4 7.9 58% .305 .281 1.37 4.52 4.67 93 4.21 93.2
2017 ATL MLB 18 18 113.0 4 7 0 108 41 85 12 .259 92 8.6 3.3 1.0 6.8 56% .287 .259 1.32 4.16 4.30 94 4.31 91.8
2017 MIN MLB 1 1 6.7 1 0 0 8 3 7 0 .256 107 10.8 4.0 0.0 9.4 47% .421 .259 1.65 2.38 4.05 103 5.34 113.6
2017 NYA MLB 8 8 37.3 0 3 0 41 20 37 6 .262 103 9.9 4.8 1.4 8.9 54% .327 .285 1.63 4.84 4.82 105 4.94 105.1
2018 CHN MLB 8 1 7.7 0 1 0 6 6 4 0 .265 102 7.0 7.0 0.0 4.7 54% .250 .221 1.57 4.42 4.70 106 5.64 126.1
2018 TOR MLB 25 13 74.3 3 6 0 76 38 69 13 .262 106 9.2 4.6 1.6 8.4 43% .297 .291 1.53 5.26 5.93 114 6.34 141.6
2018 DUN A+ 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .237 105 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 .006 0.00 -0.53 0.00 72 2.76 56.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 258 0.4767 0.4341 0.8304 0.6098 0.2741 0.9467 0.5946 0.1696
2010 2577 0.4622 0.4397 0.7590 0.6071 0.2958 0.8728 0.5585 0.2410
2011 2965 0.4728 0.4533 0.7507 0.5913 0.3295 0.8830 0.5379 0.2493
2012 1753 0.4957 0.4735 0.7398 0.5949 0.3541 0.8897 0.4920 0.2602
2013 826 0.4467 0.4734 0.7468 0.6206 0.3545 0.8646 0.5802 0.2532
2014 631 0.4849 0.4818 0.7368 0.6176 0.3538 0.8783 0.5043 0.2632
2015 1850 0.4984 0.4784 0.7966 0.6421 0.3157 0.9105 0.5666 0.2034
2016 2556 0.4820 0.4480 0.7834 0.5942 0.3119 0.8661 0.6368 0.2166
2017 2488 0.4252 0.4522 0.7360 0.6314 0.3196 0.8743 0.5339 0.2640
2018 1377 0.4328 0.4292 0.7834 0.6292 0.2766 0.9147 0.5556 0.2166
Career172810.46690.45490.76160.61130.31850.88380.55650.2384

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-21 - 60-DL - - Left Shoulder Thoracic Outlet Syndrome -
2014-03-21 2014-05-18 15-DL 58 43 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-05-18 2013-10-31 60-DL 166 121 Left Shoulder Surgery Partial Labrum Tear and Partial Rotator Cuff 2013-05-24
2012-10-09 2012-10-23 DTD 14 0 Left Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum with Rotator Cuff Strain and Inflammation -
2012-06-06 2012-08-19 60-DL 74 64 Left Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum and Partial Rotator Cuff -
2012-06-05 2012-06-05 On-Alr 0 0 - Hip Soreness - -
2012-06-05 2012-06-05 On-Alr 0 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-05-27 2012-06-05 DTD 9 8 Left Elbow Soreness - -
2009-03-27 2009-08-19 60-DL 145 121 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-09-08
2008-08-27 2008-09-29 15-DL 33 29 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-09-08
2007-07-20 2007-09-16 Minors 58 0 Left Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TOR $8,000,000
2017 ATL $12,000,000
2016 SLN $11,500,000
2015 SLN $9,375,000
2014 SLN $7,875,000
2013 SLN $5,875,000
2012 SLN $3,375,000
2011 SLN $437,000
2010 SLN $400,000
2009 SLN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$51,237,000
2018Current$8,000,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$59,237,000
10 yrTotal$59,237,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 47 dMoye Sports1 year/$10M (2018), 2019 option

Details
  • 1 year/$10M (2018), plus 2019 club option. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 2/15/18. 18:$8M, 19:$10M club option ($2M buyout). Annual performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 150, 160, 170, 180 innings pitched. DFA by Toronto 8/25/18. Released by TOR 8/29/18. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 9/1/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 9/4/18.
  • 4 years/$27M (2012-15), plus 2016, 2017 club options. Signed extension with St. Louis 7/13/11. $0.5M signing bonus. 12:$3.25M, 13:$5.75M, 14:$7.75M, 15:$9.25M, 16:$11.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 17:$12M club option, $0.5M buyout. St. Louis exercised 2016 option 11/2/15. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from St. Louis 12/1/16. Acquired by Minnesota in trade from Atlanta 7/24/17, with Twins paying $4,524,590 remaining in salary. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Minnesota 7/30/17. Yankees pay a pro-rated portion of Major League minimum ($184,180), with Twins responsible for balance of 2017 salary ($3,946,967).
  • 1 year/$0.437M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/28/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by St. Louis 7/10/08.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2005 (22-680) (Mission HS, Texas).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7.3 5.3 0 20 20 122.7 103 40 98 11 .264 1.17 3.22 3.58 22.4 2.4
80o 7.1 5.6 0 20 20 116.8 104 40 93 11 .275 1.24 3.53 3.92 18.7 2.0
70o 7 5.9 0 20 20 112.7 105 40 90 12 .283 1.29 3.76 4.18 15.9 1.7
60o 6.9 6.1 0 20 20 109.2 105 41 87 12 .290 1.33 3.95 4.4 13.5 1.5
50o 6.8 6.3 0 20 20 106.0 105 41 84 12 .297 1.38 4.14 4.6 11.3 1.2
40o 6.6 6.5 0 20 20 102.8 106 41 82 12 .304 1.42 4.34 4.81 9.1 1.0
30o 6.5 6.7 0 20 20 99.5 106 41 79 12 .311 1.47 4.53 5.04 6.6 0.7
20o 6.3 7 0 20 20 95.7 106 41 76 12 .319 1.53 4.78 5.3 3.7 0.4
10o 6.1 7.4 0 20 20 90.5 105 41 72 12 .330 1.61 5.11 5.68 -0.4 -0.0
Weighted Mean6.86.302020105.9105408412.2961.374.134.5811.61.3

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20193291002626156152591312154.2891.354.684.838.83.47.51.21.5
20203391002626153151591242154.2881.374.774.928.93.57.31.21.3
202134670191911311244941654.2921.384.784.938.93.57.51.30.9
202235660171710110538821554.2991.424.885.049.43.47.31.30.7
202336660181810410440871454.2961.384.614.769.03.57.51.21.1
2024375501515878733701254.2931.384.784.939.03.47.31.20.7
2025384401212727227581054.2931.384.744.899.03.47.21.20.6
202639440111167682554954.2941.394.764.919.13.47.31.20.6
202740340101057582246854.2941.404.794.949.13.57.21.30.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Wandy Rodriguez 2010 4.38
2 89 Jon Lester 2015 3.64
3 87 Francisco Liriano 2015 3.62
4 86 Matt Garza 2015 6.17
5 86 Rick Reuschel 1980 3.85
6 85 Roberto Hernandez 2012 9.42
7 84 Charles Nagy 1998 5.95
8 84 A.J. Burnett 2008 4.43
9 83 Jason Hammel 2014 3.57
10 83 Andy Pettitte 2003 4.71
11 83 Homer Bailey 2017 6.63
12 83 Erik Hanson 1996 6.00
13 83 Doug Davis 2007 4.67
14 83 Brett Myers 2012 4.13
15 83 Dillon Gee 2017 4.20
16 83 Bill Hands 1971 4.16
17 82 Jose Rijo 1996 0.00 DNP
18 82 Cliff Lee 2010 3.56
19 82 Cole Hamels 2015 3.73
20 82 Gavin Floyd 2014 3.81
21 82 Doug Drabek 1994 3.17
22 82 Frank Lary 1961 3.82
23 82 Mark Gubicza 1994 5.12
24 82 Carlos Zambrano 2012 5.10
25 82 Bob Ojeda 1989 3.89
26 82 Orel Hershiser 1990 4.26
27 82 Adam Wainwright 2013 3.09
28 81 Paul Maholm 2013 4.82
29 81 Anibal Sanchez 2015 5.10
30 81 Dean Chance 1972 0.00 DNP
31 81 Zane Smith 1992 3.57
32 81 Josh Beckett 2011 3.03
33 81 Kevin Brown 1996 2.32
34 81 Bob Lemon 1952 2.99
35 81 Camilo Pascual 1965 3.87
36 81 Josh Johnson 2015 0.00 DNP
37 81 Frank Viola 1991 4.36
38 80 Mike Caldwell 1980 4.47
39 80 Yovani Gallardo 2017 5.79
40 80 Brian Duensing 2014 3.31
41 80 Tommy John 1974 3.00
42 80 Nate Robertson 2009 6.16
43 80 Mark Buehrle 2010 4.49
44 80 Jack McDowell 1997 5.53
45 80 Mike Cuellar 1968 3.15
46 80 Jason Vargas 2014 3.95
47 80 John Smiley 1996 4.14
48 80 Kevin Millwood 2006 4.77
49 80 Aaron Sele 2001 3.89
50 80 James Shields 2013 3.23
51 80 Tom Koehler 2017 6.81
52 80 Jerry Reuss 1980 2.90
53 80 CC Sabathia 2012 4.00
54 80 Sidney Ponson 2008 5.90
55 80 Chris Bosio 1994 5.18
56 80 Gil Meche 2010 6.13
57 80 Bob Friend 1962 3.41 DNP
58 80 Dock Ellis 1976 3.53
59 79 Warren Spahn 1952 3.26
60 79 Vicente Padilla 2009 4.64
61 79 Frank Sullivan 1961 5.25
62 79 Mike Sirotka 2002 0.00 DNP
63 79 Terry Mulholland 1994 7.01
64 79 Kelvim Escobar 2007 3.63
65 79 Tim Stauffer 2013 3.75
66 79 John Lackey 2010 4.77
67 79 Joe Blanton 2012 4.99
68 79 Jorge De La Rosa 2012 11.81
69 78 Mike Garcia 1955 4.27
70 78 Dave Goltz 1980 4.78
71 78 Early Wynn 1951 3.35
72 78 Charlie Morton 2015 5.37
73 78 Tom Gorzelanny 2014 1.29
74 78 Claude Osteen 1971 3.75
75 78 Brandon Morrow 2016 2.25
76 78 Barry Zito 2009 4.17
77 78 Larry Jackson 1962 4.32 DNP
78 78 Bryn Smith 1987 4.85
79 78 John Danks 2016 8.06
80 78 Kris Medlen 2017 0.00 DNP
81 78 Kevin Correia 2012 4.68
82 78 John Denny 1984 3.09
83 78 Jeff Francis 2012 5.65
84 78 Justin Masterson 2016 0.00 DNP
85 78 Juan Guzman 1998 4.99
86 77 Wilbur Wood 1973 4.16
87 77 Dick Donovan 1959 4.21
88 77 Kip Wells 2008 6.93
89 77 Andy Messersmith 1977 4.75
90 77 Matt Clement 2006 6.89
91 77 Gaylord Perry 1970 3.78
92 77 Odalis Perez 2009 0.00 DNP
93 77 Dan Haren 2012 4.79
94 77 Jeff Samardzija 2016 3.90
95 77 Felix Hernandez 2017 4.78
96 77 Ubaldo Jimenez 2015 4.35
97 77 Jon Garland 2011 4.33
98 77 Jon Matlack 1981 5.09
99 77 Matt Cain 2016 5.84
100 77 Ross Detwiler 2017 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .306 .392 .251
11 vs R (Multi) .258 .317 .412 .265
18 Split (Multi) -.002 -.011 -.020 -.014
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .246 .299 .403 .249
31 vs R (2016) .273 .339 .459 .289
38 Split (2016) -.027 -.040 -.056 -.040
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Last season the notoriously fragile Garcia managed 30 starts for the first time in five years, but as the season wore on his outings produced diminishing returns. He induced his usual mountain of ground balls with his sinker and copious off-speed whiffle balls, but his command deserted him and patient hitters teed off when he left anything up in the zone. Some of this may have been fatigue and some bad luck (his 20 percent rate of home runs on fly balls was among the highest in the league), so his new employers in Atlanta are betting on a bounce back. If history is any guide, expect Garcia’s production to improve significantly on a rate basis but decrease significantly on a volume basis.
2016 Two years had passed since we'd last seen Garcia appear more than a handful of times in a season. Fortunately, that trend ended in 2015, as he started 20 times and proved he could coerce grounders as well as ever before. Oh sure, Garcia still missed time with injuries: He didn't join the active roster until late May due to last year's thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he later missed most of July with a strained groin. But he was hearty and hale more often than not, and asserted that by finishing second among starters in groundball percentage. The key to Garcia's groundwork? His entire arsenal. Garcia topped the 55 percent grounder-per-BIP mark with each of his four main pitches, according to Brooks Baseball. His body remains as trustworthy as a mountebank, but the Cardinals nonetheless exercised their $11.5 million club option on his services. Garcia will need another season like 2015 if they're to do the same thing next fall with his $12 million option for 2017.
2015 The only group Garcia frustrates more than opposing batters is the organization that relies on him to work a full season in the rotation. Last year he checked yet another box on his pitcher injury card, adding thoracic outlet surgery to his previous rotator cuff, labrum and elbow ligament woes. On the rare occasions he's been healthy, Garcia has continued to be productive and aesthetically pleasing, changing speeds and keeping hitters off-balance with a never-ending assortment of cutters, sliders, changeups, curves and sinkers. Former teammate Chris Carpenter never really made it back from similar surgery (though others have) and the organization threw a fit last July over the perceived lack of communication between Garcia and the Cardinals about his treatment, the latest of several player-team dust-ups. Garcia is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, but whether he can stay there is an open question.
2014 It speaks to the depth of the Cardinals organization that they could lose their number two starter after just 55 innings and still make the World Series. Garcia has battled injuries throughout his career and, despite never seeming to be at 100 percent in 2013, still posted a league-average ERA and quality underlying skills before succumbing to shoulder surgery. Garcia is on track for spring training, but if yet another arm injury drags him down, well, that's why you develop organizational depth.
2013 Garcia missed two months with a sore shoulder but returned in the late going, helping pitch the Cardinals into the postseason with a 2.50 ERA and four wins in September. During his last start the young lefty again felt pain but kept it a secret, tried to gut out his NLDS start, but could only make it through two innings before being shut down. Critics assailed him for foolishly putting his team at risk, though it’s fair to ask how difficult it might have been in October for Garcia to walk past Carpenter and tell the skipper he wasn’t sound enough to pitch a big game. If Garcia’s arm is healthy for spring training, his sinker and wide array of off-speed puzzlers will make him an excellent third starter. At this point, though, both his health and his headspace are major question marks.
2012 The youngster in the St. Louis rotation at just 25, Garcia built on his breakout 2010 with another solid season. The sinkerballing lefty stepped into the No. 2 spot in the rotation left vacant when Adam Wainwright had surgery in the spring. Garcia continues to do his best work at Busch Stadium, where he limits opposing hitters to a .230/.280/.320 line. But on the road, opponents rake him at an unsettling .313/.353/.463 clip. Signed to a club-friendly contract extension in July, Garcia should be a mainstay of the Cardinals pitching staff until at least 2015.
2011 Garcia’s rookie season was a revelation, as the young sinkerballer had frustrated batsmen pounding pitch after pitch into the dirt en route to a 2.70 ERA that ranked fourth-best in the National League. Garcia is adept at changing speeds, abetting his late-breaking heater with a cutter, a changeup, and a slow curve that off-balance hitters merely stare at, hoping it misses the zone. Such a wide menu of options means the chance of one pitch going bad on a given day is higher than with most pitchers, but it also makes it harder for the league to catch on to what he’s doing. His walk rate will become a problem if he can’t get the swelling down, but Garcia gives the Cardinals hope that they have found yet another ace to help bandage their rotation.
2010 Garcia lost most of the year to recovering from his September '08 Tommy John surgery, but came back in working order to help Memphis down their PCL title-winning stretch, winning a pair of postseason games. He doesn't appear to have lost any of the late hop on his heat or the bend on his big, looping curve, so he's back on the list of interesting pitching prospects. Barring another Brad Penny-level addition, he'll contend for the fifth slot in the rotation, aided in part in that he'd be the lone lefty.
2009 Jaime Garcia advanced from the 22nd round of the 2005 draft to become the team's best pitching prospect, but he failed to bypass the injury nexus unscathed—late-season elbow trouble led to Tommy John surgery. He was in line to compete for a rotation spot this season, but the sinkerballer will spend all of it rehabbing.
2008 Teams are still wondering how Garcia slipped to the 22nd round of the 2005 draft, because he's become the top starting-pitching prospect in the Cardinals organization. He has a monster curveball and a very good sinker. He also has a weird combination of a better-than-two-to-one groundball-to-flyball ratio and a problem with the long ball. Elbow problems shut him down for the second half of the season, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to be at full strength for 2008.
2007 It`s exciting to glance at the birth years of a high minor league team and find in their midst a relative babe. That will be Garcia at Double-A Springfield this year. Just 20 and on the fast track to NeoBusch, Garcia lacks projection, but he throws a hard sinker that had them killing grubs galore in the low minors.

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