Yhoswar Garcia is the Readers’ selection as the Phillies’ #9 prospect.
Yhoswar Francisco Garcia was born in Guatire, Venezuela on September 13, 2001. He was signed by the Phillies on March 14, 2020, at the age of eighteen.
The Phillies had originally reached an agreement on a signing bonus with Garcia during the summer of 2019 (2019-20 international class). But, an age discrepancy and an incorrectly dated birth certificate delayed his signing. That delay caused Garcia to miss the 2019 DSL season and pushed his initial report date into the pandemic.
Garcia made his professional debut with La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League. He got into 7 games and played the field for 5.0 innings although he went hitless in 5 at bats and had no chances in the field.
2021: Garcia made his Phillies debut with Low-A Clearwater bypassing the DSL and Florida Complex League. He played 18 games before fouling a ball off his shin. In typical Phillies fashion, Garcia was shut down for the rest of the season.
Garcia made just 77 plate appearances and slashed a meager .229/.299/.271/.570 with 6 walks (7.8%), 16 hits, and 2 extra-base hits. He struck out 23 times (29.9%) but had a .340 BABIP. He swiped 11 bases in 13 attempts (84.6%).
Defensively with Johan Rojas also in Clearwater, Garcia split time between center and right fields. In 142 innings and 26 chances, he had 2 assists and one error. His nickname is The Drone.
Garcia’s speed is intoxicating. When he gets on first, his only apparent thought is stealing second base. He often takes off on the first pitch. I think I saw Roman Quinn do that once, in a spring training game.
With growth and maturity, he should get even better on the base paths, and more selective at the plate.
Prior to the 2021 season, Prospects Live prepared a minimal scouting report on Garcia that wasn’t published until September.
Scouting Report From February 2021
Overall: Garcia was signed back in March prior to the covid shutdown and is considered to be part of the 2020 class. The Venezuelan prospect was set to be part of the 2019 class for the Phillies but had to sit out a year for a discrepancy about his age. Garcia is a tooled-up prospect with a skillset that fits near the top of a lineup and in centerfield. His defense and athleticism are his calling cards. He covers a ton of ground and has a strong arm and the plus run times that come with that archetype. He will use all fields with a line drive oriented approach. He has good plate skills and a short quick stroke meant more for contact than driving the ball. Power is a question mark, but he’s a gap to gap threat at the moment with room to add strength to his game.
It was prepared before Garcia had any minor league experience.
FanGraphs posted current/projected skill ranks as follows.
|Hit||Game Power||Raw Power||Speed||Field||FV|
|20 / 45||20 / 55||50 / 60||70 / 70||40 / 55||40+|
This shows projected increases in Garcia’s hit, power, and fielding tools.