Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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. Next up: #57 Tyler Moore  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Army football enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

WATCH: Kentucky DB Blake McClain lays out Miss. St. WR

WATCH: Dwyane Wade videobombs himself

GRAPHIC: Cam Atkinson shows how close he was to losing eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

Nationals News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Army enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.