Phillies claim Anderson Garcia off waivers

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As reported by Delewareonline, the Phillies claimed 25 year old RHP Anderson Garcia off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Garcia was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Yankees in 2001, and since, has traveled many a road in his minor league career. He was traded to the Mets in 2003, where he pitched up until midway through this year, when he was released and claimed by Baltimore. Garcia was never a top prospect, so finding information on him hasn’t been easy. The only thing I can say for certain is that he possessed a blazing fastball, sitting in the mid 90’s and touching 97-98. However, with a fastball that good, it’s kind of surprising that he only averaged 7.07 K/9 throughout his minor league career. That would seem to indicate his secondary pitches are nothing to write home about. Since he’s been around for a while now, I’m really more interested in his recent results, not what he did in 2001 or 2002. Here are his year by year numbers since 2004

2004, (A-) : 84.0 IP, 9.86 H/9, 5.04 BB/9, 8.04 K/9, 0.75 HR/9
2005, (A+/AA): 77.1 IP, 9.34 H/9, 3.39 BB/9, 7.12 K/9, 1.17 HR/9
2006, (AA): 29.1 IP, 8.35 H/9, 1.86 BB/9, 7.73 K/9, 0.00 HR/9
2006, (AAA): 38.0 IP, 9.24 H/9, 4.03 BB/9, 4.97 K/9, 0.95 HR/9

And finally, let’s check his splits from 2006 to see if there’s anything out of the ordinary there.

vs LHB: .238/.331/.352, 7.95 H/9, 4.77 BB/9, 6.04 K/9, 0.64 HR/9
vs RHB: .259/.308/.335, 8.79 H/9, 1.93 BB/9, 6.43 K/9, 0.43 HR/9

It looks like we can rule out right handed specialist. It would honestly appear that this is more of a “let’s take a flier and see what happens” type of move. He’s on the 40 man roster, which I believe means he can be sent down to Ottawa and called up as the Phillies see fit this year, so he doesn’t have to remain on the roster all season. This move doesn’t cost the Phillies anything, so I suppose it’s worth a shot. Maybe the Phillies have scouted him and see a mechanical flaw in his delivery and think they can fix him, maybe they think he can somehow harness his velocity and flip the switch, or maybe Pat Gillick was just bored. Either way, don’t expect too much from this move, and you won’t be disappointed.

A loyal commenter brought up a good point in possibly comparing Garcia to former farmhand Carlos Silva. While it appears Garcia has more velocity than Silva had/has, Garcia did manage to generate a 2:1 groundball to flyball ratio. While I generally worry about pitchers who HOPE for contact and don’t strike guys out, there is something to be said for keeping the ball on the ground and in the park.

7 thoughts on “Phillies claim Anderson Garcia off waivers

  1. He was ranked #30 by BA among Mets’ prospects in their ’04
    Handbook. (See my post on Phillies Forum at Philly.com.) A
    91-94 fastball, touching 97. Decent curveball, average change.

    Looks like he’s another of the Warden, Simon types–which is fine
    by me. It’s nice to have some choices to look at in the spring.

    He’s been around the block in his short life.

  2. One additional point. In some ways he makes me think of Carlos
    Silva, a mid-90s thrower who gave up a lot of hits/9 and not a
    big K artist. Does he keep the balls on the ground? But he
    walks too many.

  3. It’s clearly a flier on a hard throwing guy. He’s only pitched a couple of innings in the DWL, so it’s not his winter league performance that brought him to our attention…

  4. Yeah, according to minorleaguesplits.com, he induced 112 GB to only 63 FB.”

    Another comparison with Silva…

    But being compared to Silva is not necessarily high praise…

  5. Anderson garcia has a ggood arm you saw thsis year that he played 1 game with the phillies struggled in that game but wait until 2009 he will be a awspme guy

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