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Christian Garcia is the type of player that you want to see succeed, because he has a story. He’s had Tommy John surgery twice, which is a nail in the coffin for most pitches, but he’s shown some success following his second surgery.
Garcia was called up to the big club in September with Zach Duke, and he is being groomed as a starter for the Nats now after a great September and postseason. He lit up the minors with an astonishing 0.86 ERA and 0.917 WHIP with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse before his call up, proving his value since his acquisition from the Yankees organization.
In nine out of 12 levels in his career’s, Garcia’s had a 9.00 or higher K/9, and in September 2012, he stranded almost 98% of baserunners in 13 games with a 10.66 K/9. If Garcia can stay healthy, this is the type of performance that people can expect from the righty.
Next year: I’m not sure what to expect from the experiment of stretching out Christian Garcia as a starter. He certainly has great potential, but his injury history with major elbow surgery is a point of great concern.
I expect Garcia to start in Triple-A as a starter to see if they can make it work, but he’ll probably be the first call up as a righty reliever should any injuries occur at the MLB level. His talent is too valuable to a team that is going to be in contention for big things this year.
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Gio Gonzalez will pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic
Say it ain't so, Gio! Ugh. What's next?
(Photo above, via @GioGonzalez47: Gio in happier times in mid-January, posing during a break from a a 2KSports ad shoot.)
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Another sign of spring...Ryan Zimmerman (up above, Screencap via Comcast SportsNet) at Saturday night's Caps-Panthers game.
Seems Zim is having better luck watching the Caps than teammate Ross Detwiler, who arrived in Florida early for Spring Training but is suffering through a blackout:
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