Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After failing to make the team out of spring training, the 30-year-old Garcia was called up to the Phillies in mid-April and proceeded to have a breakout season, posting a 2.65 ERA in 71.1 innings. That ERA was helped somewhat by a lucky 5.7 percent HR/FB rate, but his strikeout rate (7.6 K/9) and walk rate (3.3 BB/9) were decent enough, while his groundball percentage of 56.3 percent was well above average. However, as a reliever with a short track record of success and limited strikeout ability, he carries risk. There's always the chance that Garcia returns to being his former self -- he put up ugly BB/9 rates of 6.61, 8.31, 5.00, and 4.70 from 2013 to 2016 -- and ends up relegated to a lesser role or out of the league entirely. Read Past Outlooks
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Strikes out three in scoreless frame
PPhiladelphia Phillies
August 13, 2018
Garcia threw a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Padres, striking out three while walking one.
Garcia has been used in a fairly high-leverage role this season, though he wasn't on Sunday, as he entered with a five-run deficit. His 3.58 ERA is solid, backed up by strong peripherals (including a 27.4 percent strikeout rate and a 7.4 percent walk rate), but four other Philadelphia relievers have lower ERAs, making him an unlikely candidate to move into a closing role.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .287 255 44 22 66 16 1 4
Since 2016vs Right .219 305 77 28 59 8 2 5
2018vs Left .250 74 18 6 17 5 1 1
2018vs Right .260 115 29 10 26 4 2 3
2017vs Left .280 140 20 14 35 6 0 2
2017vs Right .184 155 40 12 26 3 0 1
2016vs Left .378 41 6 2 14 5 0 1
2016vs Right .241 35 8 6 7 1 0 1
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Since 2016Home 3.31 1.23 70.2 5 2 3 8.9 2.8 0.8
Since 2016Away 4.53 1.47 59.2 1 5 0 7.7 4.2 0.5
2018Home 6.85 1.44 23.2 3 1 1 11.0 3.0 1.1
2018Away 2.70 1.25 20.0 0 0 0 8.1 3.6 0.5
2017Home 1.31 1.06 41.1 1 1 2 7.8 2.2 0.4
2017Away 4.50 1.43 30.0 1 4 0 7.2 4.8 0.3
2016Home 3.18 1.59 5.2 1 0 0 7.9 6.4 1.6
2016Away 8.38 2.07 9.2 0 1 0 8.4 3.7 0.9
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How does Luis Garcia compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Garcia failed to win a bullpen spot last spring after spending the 2015 season as a key member of the Phillies' bullpen. He spent most of last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with occasional trips to the majors when the Phils needed a fresh arm in their bullpen. Garcia has strikeout stuff, but his issue has been, and remains, his inability to command his pitches. His walk rate is much too high for him to be an effective reliever in the majors. Now 30, Garcia is unlikely to suddenly figure out how to lower his walk rate. He will likely get future opportunities thanks to his excellent groundball rate, but he is best used in lower-leverage spots.
Garcia spent his first full season in the majors last year as a 28-year-old. He had been up and down between Triple-A and the majors the past few seasons primarily because of his difficulties commanding his stuff. Walks continued to be an issue for Garcia last season, but he was able to work around them thanks to a solid strikeout rate and an excellent groundball rate. He finished the year working as the primary setup option to closer Ken Giles and will likely open the year back in that role, even with Giles shipped to Houston.
Garcia was outstanding for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season with a 0.96 ERA and a 52:16 K:BB ratio in 46.2 innings. Unfortunately, his success did not translate to the majors when he was given an opportunity. His command abandoned him and he walked 13 in just 14 innings with the Phillies. He had similar problems when he was given a look in 2013 as well. Garcia's mid-90s fastball makes him intriguing, but until he shows he can command it in the majors he will be seen as nothing more than a Quad-A reliever.
Garcia was a surprise addition to the Phillies' bullpen last season. The 27-year-old righty spent 2012 playing in an independent league and was pitching well as he worked his way up the ladder in the Phillies' minor league system last year when he got the call to the majors in July. Garcia has a mid-90s fastball that he complements with a slider and cutter. His 3.73 ERA with the Phillies looks good, but his 23:23 K:BB ratio in 31.1 innings is a major red flag. If Garcia wants to have any chance of sticking in the majors, the walk rate will have to come down significantly. He'll get an opportunity to compete for a middle relief job this spring.
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Back from DL
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 22, 2018
Garcia (wrist) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday.
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Rehabbing at Triple-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 16, 2018
Garcia (wrist) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley over the weekend, making two appearances and giving up two runs on three hits over 1.2 innings.
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Throws bullpen session
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 29, 2018
Garcia (wrist) threw a bullpen session Thursday, the Phillies' official site reports.
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Out with wrist injury
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 16, 2018
Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist strain Saturday.
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Fails to finish ninth inning
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 11, 2018
Garcia earned his 10th hold of the season Sunday against the Brewers, allowing two hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out one batter.
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