Garcia’s changeup, labeled a splitter on BaseballSavant, showed excellent velocity differential off of his fastball at 86.7 mph. The pitch returned an excellent 44.8% whiff rate (21.7% swinging K rate) while coaxing hitters to a 36.5% chase rate.
Sitting at just under 97 mph, Garcia’s fastball was one of the hardest in baseball (95th percentile). Although poor command in the zone cost him as the fastball allowed a bloated .474 wOBA to opposing hitters.
Garcia’s second-best whiff pitch at 42.4%, the slider notched a 37.8% zone rate and 32.6% chase rate while holding opposing batters to an excellent .243 xwOBA.
Garcia continued to bring the heat in 2018, topping out at 100.2 mile per hour, a career best. But, man, did hitters do well against him. Not only did they hit .340 against Garcia’s fastball, hitters only struck out 13 times against it, while walking 10 times. It may be time for garcia to reassess his approach.
Garcia’s slider was very reliable throughout 2018. His go-to pitch with two strikes, Garcia’s slider helped him earn 28 K’s in 2018, while only resulting in six walks. By and large, hitters had trouble against it. Contact was hard to come by. However, when they did put it in play, hitters generally fared well, posting a .313 BABIP. That could be slight cause for concern in 2019—slight.
Garcia knows just how often to mix in his changeup, making it one of his more effective pitches. The righty not only has the combination of fade and depth, it has enough movement where it can start at the top of the zone and still finish at the bottom of it. Combined with it sitting at 87 mph, 10 mph slow than his fastball, Garcia changeup doesn’t get put in play much.