Sunday, June 1, 2008

Garcia Impresses, McAllister Doesn't

There is bounty of young power pitchers spread throughout the Yankees farm system these days. Some are flying through the ranks, some are struggling with recent promotions and others are working their way back from injuries.

From the excellent writers at Saberscouting comes this glowing praise for Tampa starter Chris Garcia this season:
Garcia’s been up to 93 [mph] with life with a curveball that’s flashed 70, best one I’ve ever seen. So I’m on the bandwagon if he can stay healthy and put it together.
Meanwhile Garcia's rotation mate, Zach McAllister, had a humbling High-A debut for Tampa tonight, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings. True to form, McAllister's impressive 2008 k/bb ratio remains intact, striking out four and walking one [intentionally] during his outing.

In Scranton, the story was Dave Robertson who struck out six [walking zero] over 2.1 innings to get the win. Chad Jennings offered his take on Robertson:
Robertson was outstanding and the coaching staff was raving about his curveball. That might have been the best it's been this season, and his fastball still cuts like crazy. Chaves used a different bit of terminology to describe the fastball movement, but we'll keep this a family blog.
As far as I know, Garcia is slated to start for Tampa tomorrow. Keep in mind, Alan Horne is supposedly pitching "somewhere" tomorrow in either Charleston, Tampa, Trenton or Scranton. Whether or not this effects Garcia I do not know.

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