The Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia for $100,000 on July 2, 2015 out of Bonao, Dominican Republic.
Garcia made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League, where he struck out 61 batters over 48 1/3 innings pitched. In 12 starts he earned a 1-5 record with a 2.61 ERA while limiting opponents to just a .149 batting average against. On August 8, 2016 he had one of his best games as a professional, striking out 10 batters in 4 1/3 innings against the DSL Rockies.
He opened the 2017 season back in the Dominican Republic where he was 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA in three games for the DSL Yankees. The right-hander struck out 18 batters in 15 1/3 innings pitched before being promoted to the Gulf Coast League Yankees West on June 26, 2017.
With the GCL Yankees West, Garcia was 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four games, two starts. He struck out 24 batters in 16 2/3 innings pitched, limiting opposing batters to just a .155 average against him. His success was good enough for a second promotion to the Pulaski Yankees on July 24, 2017.
With Pulaski, he went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games, five starts, he struck out 43 batters over 28 innings of work during the regular season. In the postseason, Garcia made two appearances for Pulaski where he allowed four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched while striking out four and walking five.
At 5’10” and 163 pounds, Garcia is not an imposing force on the mound. His fastball is in the low-90s, usually around 91-94 but has hit 96 at times in the past. He backs it up with a true plus curveball and an average changeup that is developing into an above-average pitch.
Garcia is a surefire candidate to begin the 2019 season in Double-A with the Trenton Thuner where he will get an extended chance to show what he can do against more advanced hitters.