Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Garcia's first full season in the majors copped him second place in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. Houston did a good job limiting his innings by delaying his debut and giving him extended rest on a handful of occasions. Missing most of the spring on COVID-19 protocol helped the cause early. Garcia tweaked his pitch mix to feature more cutters while his control improvement was buoyed by better location of his four-seam fastball. He employs a five-pitch mix and pitches for an organization adept at adjusting to maximize effectiveness, so there is a good chance Garcia continues to improve. Garcia's flyball rate is above average, but in his case it's beneficial with so many power-suppressing parks in the AL West and his solid K-BB% to minimize traffic. Assuming the Astros loosen the reins a bit, Garcia has a chance to be a fantasy rotation anchor. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in April of 2020.
Nine strikeouts in win
PHouston Astros
May 12, 2022
Garcia (3-1) earned the win and struck out nine in five scoreless innings Thursday, allowing five hits and two walks in a 5-0 victory in Minnesota.
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Garcia allowed at least one baserunner in each inning but held the Twins scoreless in large part due to his nine punchouts. Even though it was his second-shortest start of the season, his 95 pitches thrown were a season high. The 25-year-old has recorded exactly nine strikeouts and two walks in consecutive games and has a 37:9 K:BB for the season. Through six starts he has an excellent 2.94 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
80
Last 10 Games
80
Last 5 Games
82
How many pitches does Luis Garcia generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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
 
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
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Luis Garcia generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-34%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-81%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .263 403 97 33 96 23 1 15
Since 2020vs Right .174 406 116 31 64 15 1 10
2022vs Left .194 68 19 6 12 5 0 1
2022vs Right .183 65 18 3 11 1 0 4
2021vs Left .279 316 75 25 80 17 0 13
2021vs Right .182 317 92 25 52 14 1 6
2020vs Left .250 19 3 2 4 1 1 1
2020vs Right .048 24 6 3 1 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-72%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-93%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.91 0.99 99.0 8 6 0 10.4 2.1 1.0
Since 2020Away 3.49 1.25 100.2 6 4 0 8.8 3.7 1.3
2022Home 4.34 0.80 18.2 2 0 0 10.6 1.9 1.4
2022Away 1.20 1.13 15.0 1 1 0 9.0 3.0 1.2
2021Home 2.39 1.01 79.0 6 5 0 10.3 2.2 0.9
2021Away 4.24 1.34 76.1 5 3 0 9.1 3.7 1.3
2020Home 13.50 2.25 1.1 0 1 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2020Away 0.96 0.75 9.1 0 0 0 5.8 4.8 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Luis Garcia compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
4.11
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
94.6 mph
 
ERA
2.94
 
WHIP
0.95
 
BABIP
.237
 
GB/FB
0.80
 
Left On Base
80.0%
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2380 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.5%
 
Swinging Strike
13.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
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The 24-year-old Venezuelan made his big-league debut last season and didn't look out of place despite never having pitched above High-A. Garcia's fastball has gained velocity since signing in 2017 and averaged 94 mph last season, with the kind of spin rate you'd expect from an Astros hurler, and minor-league reports from 2019 suggest he's capable of even more heat. He leaned on a changeup as his primary offspeed offering against lefties and a slider/cutter combo against righties, mixing in an occasional curveball, and the depth of his arsenal bodes well for his chances of starting down the road as opposed to winding up in the bullpen. His short-arm delivery might suggest otherwise, but the Astros have every incentive to keep developing him as a rotation option, with Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers both free agents after this year.
Among MiLB pitchers who threw at least 100 innings, Garcia ranked first in K% (38.1) and fourth in K-BB% (26.8). He was a bit of an unknown coming into the year, and while his performance was loud in 2019, he remains under the radar. Garcia signed as a 20-year-old for just $20,000 out of Venezuela in 2017. He has added fastball velocity each year, with his heater sitting in the mid-90s in 2019. His short arm action, shaky third-pitch changeup and 12.4 BB% at High-A lead many evaluators to peg him for a relief role, but he should continue developing as a starter as long as the results are promising. This is not a pop-up arm getting by solely on deception or one great offspeed pitch. Garcia has has a couple plus or better pitches and held lefties and righties to a sub-.600 OPS. It's possible he could take another step forward with his secondaries and his command this year.
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Back in win column
PHouston Astros
May 6, 2022
Garcia (2-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over seven innings Friday, striking out nine and earning a win over the Tigers.
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Takes tough-luck loss
PHouston Astros
April 30, 2022
Garcia (1-1) gave up just two earned runs over six innings but took the loss Saturday as the Astros fell to the Blue Jays. He allowed five hits, struck out five batters and walked one.
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Coughs up five runs
PHouston Astros
April 24, 2022
Garcia allowed five runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Sunday's win over Toronto. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision.
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Earns first win
PHouston Astros
April 18, 2022
Garcia (1-0) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over 5.2 innings Monday, striking out seven and earning a win over the Angels.
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Four scoreless frames
PHouston Astros
April 12, 2022
Garcia received a no-decision in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Arizona, allowing two hits and two walks with one strikeout in four innings.
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