As the calendar turns to September, the Detroit Tigers will call up right-handed pitcher Bryan Garcia, according to a report from Robert Murray of The Athletic.
Garcia was the Tigers’ sixth round pick of the 2016 draft after a decorated career at Miami. He put himself on the cusp of the majors with a dominant 2017 season, one that saw him amass 78 strikeouts in 55 innings across four minor league levels. Unfortunately, he did not get a chance to build on that campaign; Garcia missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in February.
Fortunately, it seems that Garcia is right back where he left off. He has spent most of the season at Triple-A Toledo, where he has a 3.05 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 33 1⁄3 innings with the Mud Hens.
Garcia’s arsenal is one of your typical back-end bullpen arm. His fastball has been clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, and he has two above-average secondary pitches, according to FanGraphs. His control has been passable this year, with 14 walks in 33 1⁄3 innings at Triple-A.
Garcia is not yet on the 40-man roster, so another move will need to be made to make room for him. However, active rosters will expand to the full 40-man roster on Sunday, so no corresponding move is necessary (nor expected) to make room for Garcia on the 25-man roster.
The Tigers will likely make more roster moves after the Mud Hens finish their season on Monday, September 2.
We're just trying to be as calm and humble as Bryan Garcia.#RoadToDetroit pic.twitter.com/oQ9nuW9qck— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 26, 2019