Yimi Garcia

Yimi Garcia

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Marlins manager Don Mattingly had a quick hook on Anthony Bass as the team's closer after he blew Miami's first two save chances in early April. Enter Garcia, who was awarded the full-time closer role for the first time in his career. He effectively got the job done with 15 saves in 18 chances, but it came with mixed results, as the right-hander started hot before laboring between June and July (6.32 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). Miami was smart to capitalize on Garcia's pending free agency by trading him to Houston. The 31-year-old pitched in middle relief for the Astros, oftentimes during games they were trailing. Garcia still had a decent year overall with a 4.21 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 over 57.2 innings. He recently signed with Toronto after gaining some valuable experience in high-leverage, but don't expect abundant saves with his new team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Blue Jays in November of 2021 that includes a club option for a third year.
Signs with Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
November 27, 2021
Garcia agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old righty has a 3.53 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 19.9 K-BB% and 16 saves over the past three seasons. He notched 15 saves for Miami last season before getting traded to the Astros. Jordan Romano is the presumed closer in Toronto, but Garcia could work in a setup role. The deal includes a club option for a third year.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Yimi Garcia generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
What part of the game does Yimi Garcia generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .214 217 47 16 42 9 2 13
Since 2019vs Right .189 327 98 21 56 13 1 10
2021vs Left .253 104 21 10 23 4 1 6
2021vs Right .213 133 39 8 26 6 1 2
2020vs Left .217 25 5 2 5 3 0 0
2020vs Right .125 35 14 3 4 0 0 0
2019vs Left .171 88 21 4 14 2 1 7
2019vs Right .182 159 45 10 26 7 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.39 1.01 63.2 6 7 8 10.3 2.5 1.6
Since 2019Away 3.66 1.00 71.1 2 6 8 9.1 2.4 1.5
2021Home 2.96 1.06 27.1 2 4 7 11.5 3.0 1.0
2021Away 5.34 1.25 30.1 2 5 8 7.4 2.7 1.5
2020Home 1.35 0.90 6.2 3 0 1 12.2 1.4 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.96 8.1 0 0 0 10.8 4.3 0.0
2019Home 4.25 0.98 29.2 1 3 0 8.8 2.4 2.4
2019Away 3.03 0.77 32.2 0 1 0 10.2 1.7 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Yimi 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.33
 
K/9
9.4
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
95.9 mph
 
ERA
4.21
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Left On Base
60.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2527 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.1%
 
Swinging Strike
12.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garcia opened the season with a pair of scoreless outings, albeit walking three in 2.2 innings. He was one of several Marlins who tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to return until Aug. 30. Garcia showed no ill-effects, walking just two over his final 12.1 innings, fanning 17 in that span. He righty teased this level of success with the Dodgers in 2019, but served up 15 homers in 62.1 innings in his final season with Los Angeles. Last year, Garcia didn't allow a single long ball in 15 frames, in part due to a career-high 41.7% groundball rate, up from 29.6% the previous season. In 2020, Garcia cut back on his curve, throwing more sliders, and perhaps more importantly, located in the upper third of the strike zone 25% of the time compared to 32% in 2019. If Garcia maintains this, the impending homer regression will be softened. Garcia belongs in the speculative closer tier.
Bullpen roles are up for grabs in Miami and Garcia is in the mix for high-leverage duty. Over five seasons with the Dodgers, Garcia posted a 3.61 ERA and 21.1 K-BB% in 159.2 total innings. He averaged 94.2 mph on his fastball last season with one of the highest four-seam spin rates in the game (2,593 rpm). His curveball spin was close to elite, and according to Statcast, Garcia ranked among the elite in hard-hit rate allowed, xBA and xwOBA. The right-hander is an extreme flyball pitcher (career 52.2 FB%) and that is not ideal in this day and age of Major League Baseball. Indeed home runs were a major problem in his final couple seasons with Los Angeles. A little improvement there would go a long way, and Marlins Park should help in that regard even with the center-field and right-center-field fences moving in. Remember Don Mattingly is already familiar with Garcia after managing him from 2014-15.
Garcia represented a bright spot for a beleaguered Dodgers bullpen last year. His body of work included an impressive 10.8 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9, though an escalated home run rate served to drive up his ERA. Garcia suffered through an 11-game stretch in the middle of the season that saw his ERA balloon from 0.63 to 4.09, but he otherwise flashed signs of being a solid setup man one day, if not a closer. Garcia flashes a fastball in the 92-94 range, a slider, and an average changeup. In addition, Garcia handled lefties (.172 batting average against) even better than righties (.224) last year. Further developing those last two pitches will be key, but Garcia has shown enough to give the Dodgers hope that he will be around for a while. Garcia should enter spring training as a heavy favorite for one of the team's bullpen roles, though he may have to earn it.
Garcia earned a September callup after another impressive season in the upper levels of the Dodgers' system, where he was one of the team's best relievers at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Pacific Coast League is a difficult place to pitch, making his 3.10 ERA there all the more impressive. Garcia took a big step forward with his control in 2013 at Double-A, and was able to sustain that success in 2014. During his limited time in the big leagues, Garcia fanned 25.0% of the batters he faced and carried a tidy 2.8% walk rate while working predominantly with a fastball-slider combination. He'll likely be in the mix for an Opening Day bullpen spot this spring, but Garcia has minor league options left and may have to wait for injuries to deplete the team's depth before getting his second look from the Dodgers.
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Struggles in relief Saturday
PHouston Astros
September 19, 2021
Garcia (3-9) was tagged with the loss in relief Saturday against Arizona after allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while striking out one across one inning.
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Shipped to Houston
PHouston Astros
July 28, 2021
The Astros acquired Garcia from the Marlins on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league outfielder Bryan De La Cruz, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Picks up 15th save
PMiami Marlins
July 25, 2021
Garcia recorded his 15th save of the season Saturday against the Padres after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, walking one and fanning one.
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Tallies 14th save
PMiami Marlins
July 21, 2021
Garcia did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless 10th inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Nationals.
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Nails down 13th save
PMiami Marlins
July 4, 2021
Garcia gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 13th save of the season in a 3-2 win over Atlanta.
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