Remember Deivi Garcia? Former senior Yankees members expect to work way back with Somerset Patriots

Bridgewater – You may have forgotten about Deivi Garcia.

Once on the track where he looked like he would be a regular in the New York Yankees — he even started memorably after the start of the season in 2020 — hasn’t gone well for the 23-year-old right-hander, who has made only two league appearances since Then he struggled largely out of the spotlight with Triple-A Scranton.

After a 2021 nightmare campaign going 3-7 with a 6.85 ERA in 24 appearances for the Sky Riders, he’s been looking more of the same this year; The Dominican native started the season with a 0-3 and 10.38 ERA in seven starts, as 16 hitters 18 hits went on 21 and 2/3 before an undisclosed injury held him out at the end of May.

“Initially, it was kind of hard, I wasn’t expecting an injury,” Garcia told reporters at TD Bank Ballpark Thursday through interpreter and Yankees cultural development coordinator Hector Gonzalez.

“So it was kind of difficult at first. Fortunately, I was able to recover. Right now, I’m feeling great, which is why I’m here.”

October 6, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; New York Yankees start bowler Deivi Garcia (83) hands the field in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Two of ALDS 2020 at Petco Park. Mandatory credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Here, of course, in Double-A with Somerset Patriots, at least for now, as Garcia made his first starts at the level since the 2019 season, when he was navigating the farm system as a member of the Trenton Thunder.

So far, so good.

His start with his team in Richmond went well. He made four goal-free runs against flying squirrels last Thursday, allowing no walks and only two hits while hitting six. His first outing at home was also largely successful, as not all of the three runs he gave up en route to throwing a three-round eventual five-stroke against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Tuesday night.

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Garcia is set to take the ball back for the Patriots at Sunday’s series finale and is fully prepared to work on the potential he had as arguably the best prospect in organization as recently as the start of last season.

“Perseverance and consistency are key factors, very important,” Garcia said. “Just keep having that mentality every day to get back into the big leagues. Once you’re there, you want to stay there, so consistency is key.”

Anthony Volpi and Austin Wells consider trade deadline

While the Yankees made three deals on a deadline that saw a slew of their prospects head to other teams, their core group of top junior players remained largely the same.

This includes Anthony Volpi and Austin Wells, currently the highest and fourth highest expectation, respectively, by Baseball America.

As part of the wide media availability at Bridgewater on Thursday, both players were asked about their experiences hearing their names in various rumors that ultimately came to nothing.

His native Anthony Volpe, a New York Yankees MVP, speaks on the field during Media Day at Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.

His native Anthony Volpe, a New York Yankees MVP, speaks on the field during Media Day at Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Wells said. “I had no worries that last week, I was playing baseball and enjoying doing it. There was nothing I could do about it, so there was no reason to stress about it.”

Volpe, whose name has been put up in many proposals, real or not, in a possible deal with Juan Soto, echoed similar sentiments.

“It’s great to be a part of this team and a part of this organization, it’s the only one I really know and I’ve experienced,” he said. “I don’t necessarily know if it’s been a stressful week just because it’s so far beyond my will and the other players at the club. We were just enjoying time together and trying to go out and compete every day. There’s a lot of stuff going on off the field, but you play every night. That was the best part. The thing is, we have a game every night, and you can focus on the things that you can control.”

With Volpe and Wells stuck, many of their teammates across the organization didn’t – Luis Medina was the only current Patriots player dealt – and while both were able to maintain their focus on their respective missions in the The field, it was difficult not to notice the human element of the deadline, as the friends they made through the system were moved to another place.

“It’s tough,” Wells said. “A lot of these guys are great players and even better people. A lot of guys who were great guys at the club, great friends, have moved on to another team. But it’s a great opportunity for them to go and advance in another organisation. So, I’m happy for them, but also sad for them.” To see them go.”

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