MARIO GARCIA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 27, 1998
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 183
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Mexico
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Garcia was a lower-profile signing out of Mexico at age 18.  He’s not a hard thrower.

2018
DSL:  3-2-0, 1.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 46.1 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 7.6 K/9

Pitching in a swing role, Garcia put up good numbers in his debut.

2019
DSL:  4-0-0, 2.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 22.2 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 12.3 K/9
R:  0-1-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 27.0 IP, 7.3 BB/9, 7.7 K/9

Despite his good debut, the Pirates sent Garcia back to the DSL to open the 2019 season.  He continued to get good results, including a much higher K rate, and at the beginning of July they moved him up to the Gulf Coast League.  He made 11 appearances there, including five starts, and had a lot more trouble, including control problems and a much lower K rate.

2020
DNP

2021
R:  2-1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 5.8 K/9

Garcia pitched six times in relief in the FCL, then went out with an unknown injury.  When he pitched he was reasonably effective without dominating.

Considering that they tried him as a starter early on, the Pirates seemed to like Garcia fairly well.  He doesn’t have overpowering stuff or much projection, though, and hasn’t advanced far.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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