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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Scouting Report for Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia

Today, the Mets will face J Garcia (LHP) at 4:10 PM.

Jaime Garcia is 23 years old, was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft, and quickly became the Cardinals top pitching prospect. He missed most of last year recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but came back in time to pitch Memphis to the PCL (AAA) title, winning a pair of games. Had a brief cup of coffee with the Cardinals back in 2008, pitching in nine games out of the bullpen, and had one start. He features a hard, sinking fastball which often results in a ton of ground balls (60%+ GB% at every level in the minors), and also features a big, looping curve. Has strikeout stuff (more than a strikeout an inning last year in limited work), but he could benefit from decreasing the number of walks ( > 4 W/9 in his minor league career). Opened up everyone's eyes this spring training and won the #5 starter job. He had an impressive first start versus the Brewers last Saturday, allowing only one run in six innings.


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