JARLIN GARCIA, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: January 18, 1993
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Paul Kinzer
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Garcia worked his way slowly up through the minors and eventually got established in the majors as a reliever. His fastball averages in the 93-94 range, and he relies heavily on a slider and change. The slider has been the more effective of his secondary pitches, although the change produces more swings and misses. Garcia has always had very low walk and K rates, and he’s sometimes had gopher ball problems. He’s generally gotten hit fairly hard, but somehow has maintained a very low BABIP, .244 for his career. This is probably the main reason his xFIP has usually been about a run higher than his ERA. Garcia’s fastball got hit harder in 2022, which probably accounts for his opponents’ average going from .196 in 2021 to .242. He’s often, although not always, had large platoon splits.
Garcia had a good DSL debut, both starting and relieving.
The GCL was a little tougher than the DSL. Garcia started four games and relieved in eight.
The Marlins employed Garcia strictly as a starter in the New York-Penn League and he did well, including a career-high K rate. Baseball America ranked him 28th in the Miami system after the season.
Miami moved Garcia to full season ball and he got mixed results. He walked very few hitters, but opponents batted .286 against him. BA still ranked him tenth in the system, but Miami left him unprotected from the Rule 5 draft.
Garcia made 18 starts in High A and seven in AA. The lower level work went well, although he had a very low K rate. Garcia still had low walk and K rates, but still got hit around a little. BA moved him to third in the system and Miami added him to the 40-man roster after the season.
Garcia missed nearly half the season with a triceps strain. He made nine starts in AA and got more or less similar results to the last couple seasons: low walk and K rates, while opponents hit respectably against him with a .253 average. BA ranked him sixth in the system.
The Marlins moved Garcia to the bullpen and he spent most of the season with them, making 68 appearances. He didn’t allow a lot of baserunners, but the results overall were just passable. Garcia had a big platoon split, allowing a .783 OPS to right-handed batters and just .603 to left-handed.
Garcia opened the season in the Miami rotation, but he had a rough month of May and the Marlins sent him to AAA, where he pitched as a starter. He returned to the majors and pitched exclusively in relief, apart from serving as an opener once. He struggled through August, allowing ten runs in ten innings, but pitched much better in September. He had serious gopher ball problems on the year, giving up 16, or one every four innings.
Garcia spent the entire season as a reliever, making 53 of his 60 appearances in the majors. He got good results, although the metrics didn’t entirely buy it, probably in part due to the very low K rate. He had a 4.74 xFIP. Garcia had no platoon split.
The Marlins designated Garcia for assignment before the season and the Giants claimed him off waivers. The season, of course, was delayed due to the pandemic, and Garcia missed a month for “medical reasons,” which may have been COVID. When he pitched he had a very good season.
Garcia made 58 appearances and had a strong season for the Giants, again except for the very low K rate. The gopher ball problems partially resurfaced, as he allowed nine. He had a big platoon split, with a .726 opponents’ OPS against right-handed hitters and .513 against left-handed.
Garcia took a step backward, giving up ten home runs and again struggling a little with right-handed hitters. The season started well, but he fell off badly after May. He had a 1.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in the season’s first half, but 5.63 and 1.31, with seven gopher balls, in the second. The biggest difference was that his fastball started getting hammered. After the season the Giants designated him for assignment and he became a free agent.
The Pirates signed Garcia for 2023, with a team option for 2024. He’s usually been an effective pitcher in the majors despite some unimpressive numbers, mainly due to the consistently low BABIPs. Until he signed, the Pirates had no left-handed pitchers on their 40-man roster.
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: 4/14/2017
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2015
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2016, 2018, 2019)
MLB Service Time: 5.114
|August 13, 2010: Signed by the Miami Marlins as an international free agent.
November 20, 2015: Contract purchased by the Miami Marlins.
February 3, 2020: Designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins.
February 10, 2020: Claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins by the San Francisco Giants.
November 15, 2022: Designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants; became a free agent on November 18.
December 6, 2022: Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.