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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in April of 2020.
Ends regular season on high note
PHouston Astros
October 2, 2022
Garcia (15-8) earned the win Sunday, allowing one run on three hits and one walk over six innings with four strikeouts in a 3-1 win over the Rays.
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In what was likely his last appearance of the regular season, Garcia allowed one run over six innings, marking the first time he has thrown consecutive quality starts since June 4. The only damage came via a leadoff double followed by an RBI single in the top of the second inning, as he held the Rays to just two other baserunners on the afternoon. After a breakout campaign in 2021 when he recorded 11 wins with a 3.48 ERA over 155.1 innings, the 25-year-old has followed it up with 15 wins and a 3.72 ERA over 157.1 innings in 2022.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
88
Last 10 Games
90
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Luis Garcia generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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41-50
 
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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
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-81%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .256 631 146 45 148 32 5 26
Since 2020vs Right .193 688 187 57 120 27 1 17
2022vs Left .234 296 68 18 64 14 4 12
2022vs Right .213 347 89 29 67 13 0 11
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
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-36%
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 3.55 1.07 165.0 17 9 0 9.8 2.1 1.3
Since 2020Away 3.41 1.22 158.1 9 8 0 8.7 3.6 1.1
2022Home 4.46 1.11 84.2 11 3 0 9.2 2.0 1.7
2022Away 2.85 1.16 72.2 4 5 0 8.7 3.5 0.9
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
3.34
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
3.72
 
WHIP
1.13
 
BABIP
.274
 
GB/FB
0.94
 
Left On Base
74.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.1%
 
Spin Rate
2387 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.3%
 
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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Cruises against Diamondbacks
PHouston Astros
September 27, 2022
Garcia (14-8) earned the win Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and no walks over six innings against the Diamondbacks. He struck out six.
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Starting Tuesday vs. Arizona
PHouston Astros
September 27, 2022
Garcia will start Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Available in relief
PHouston Astros
September 25, 2022
Garcia is available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Orioles, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Status unclear
PHouston Astros
September 25, 2022
Garcia is not listed as a starter for next week's series against the Diamondbacks, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Tosses five scoreless frames
PHouston Astros
September 20, 2022
Garcia (13-8) earned the win over Tampa Bay on Monday, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out four batters over five innings.
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