García, who has had major league appearances with the Phillies, Rays, and Reds in the past three seasons, will report to Triple-A Saint Paul. García pitched in five games for the Reds earlier this season, going 0-1 with a 16.62 ERA. Originally signed as a free agent by the Phillies in 2014, García has an MLB career record of 2-1 with a 7.14 ERA (46.2 IP, 37 ER) in 46 major league appearances.
Primarily a reliever, García found success at Triple-A Louisville before his rocky 2021 campaign in Cincinnati. The Dominican native boasted a 3.38 ERA with 17 holds and 29 strikeouts in 24 games for the Louisville Bats before being called up on July 19.
García also saw success in 2019 with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley, posting a 2.48 ERA in 25 appearances. After being called up midway through the 2019 season, he posted admirable numbers for the ‘Phils, going 2-0 with a 5.77 ERA in 37 appearances.
While his time in the majors has been brief, García primarily relies on four pitches; four-seam fastball, sinker, slider, and changeup. 53% of his pitches thrown in 2021 have been sinkers, averaging at 94.2 MPH. The other majority of his 2021 pitches have come courtesy of his slider averaging 86.6 MPH.
It’s tough to judge García on his limited MLB experience, but there’s no doubt that the 24-year-old has shown moments of brilliance in the minors. He’s had five minor league seasons with an ERA under four, and his experience as a set-up man could indeed be valuable for an organization that is seeing quite a bit of movement on all levels of their pitching department. After a roller coasted 2021 season, García will have a chance to get back to the success he saw at Triple-A with the Saints.