NICK GARCIA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 20, 1999
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd Round, 79th Overall, 2020
How Acquired: Draft
College: Chapman University
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
When the Pirates selected him, Garcia became the second highest-drafted Divison III player ever, behind Jordan Zimmerman.  He went to Chapman as a third baseman, but moved to the mound to serve as closer in his sophomore year.  He had a big year and was named the outstanding player in the college world series when Chapman won the Division III title.  In 2019, Garcia allowed just 31 hits and 14 walks in 56 innings, while fanning 82.  He moved to the rotation in the abbreviated 2020 season and moved quickly up draft boards.  Baseball America rated him the 56th best prospect in the draft.

At the time he was drafted, Garcia’s fastball sat at 92-95 mph and reached the upper-90s.  His slider and cutter are potential plus pitches.  Obviously he has limited experience and mileage; he also was young for a college junior.  Garcia signed for well above the slot value of $780,400.

2020
DNP

Garcia wasn’t at the Pirates’ alternate training site, but he was in fall instructionals following the canceled season.

2021
A:  5-4-1, 4.22 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 74.2 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 10.0 K/9

Garcia spent the season at Bradenton, initially as a reliever and then as a starter.  He made 13 starts and eight relief appearances in all.  He didn’t show the kind of stuff he reportedly had when drafted, with his fastball mostly in the low-90s.  He had some trouble with walks and a little with gopher balls.  He had a lot of trouble with left-handed hitters, who posted an .826 OPS against him.  Right-handed hitters managed only .660.  Garcia also had a home/road split, with a .766 opponents’ OPS at home and .659 on the road.

Garcia’s debut was neither great nor terrible.  Hopefully his stuff will rebound in 2022.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,200,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 11, 2020: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round, 79th overall pick; signed on July 2.
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