RICO GARCIA COLORADO #20
Rico Garcia | Rank: 20 (Preseason: 22)
Team: Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)ETA: 2020Position: RHPAge: 25 DOB: 01/10/1994Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 5′ 11″ Weight: 190 lb.Drafted: 2016, 30th (890) – COL
Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 40
There have been seven players drafted out of Hawaii Pacific University, but only one, Benny Agbayani, has made it to the big leagues. Garcia seemed an unlikely candidate to be No. 2 given that he’s an undersized right-hander who was drafted in the 30th round of the 2016 Draft, but he’s looking like he’ll overcome those odds after a 2018 season that saw him pitch his way to Double-A and win the organizational pitching triple crown in the process.
While he is just 5-foot-11, Garcia still manages to get good downhill plane, and his fearlessness on the mound helps his stuff play up. Thanks to a structured throwing program, he’s managed to add 3-4 mph on his fastball since signing and will sit in the low-90s with the ability to reach back for more with his four-seamer on occasion, while his two-seamer has cutting action to it. His breaking ball can be a plus pitch, with late knee-buckling action to it, thrown in the 80-81 mph range. His changeup gives him what should be a solid third option.
Garcia has shown he can throw strikes, though there’s still work to be done with his command within the zone. As the Rockies have challenged him to build up innings aggressively, he’s answered the bell, with the hopes he can be a 180-200 IP back-end starter, with the knowledge that his fastball-curve might play up out of the bullpen as a solid backup plan.
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