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Tigers select RHP Rony Garcia in 2019 Rule 5 draft

Yankees’ prospect last pitched at double-A Trenton

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The Detroit Tigers have selected right-handed pitcher Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. Garcia is a righthander from the New York Yankees’ system who spent last season between Advanced-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton.

We will have a full scouting report on Garcia available later, but here are the early details, courtesy of Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic.

  • 6’3 frame
  • 94-95 mph fastball
  • Plus curveball
  • 4.44 ERA in Double-AA last season
  • 8.89 K/9; 3.25 BB/9

Garcia will spend the 2020 season in the major leagues as long as he remains in the Tigers’ organization, unless a trade is worked out to obtain his rights from the Yankees.

The Tigers have passed on their second selection, but took righthander Ruben Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles and infielder Brian Schales from the Minnesota Twins in the minor league portion of the draft.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.