Garcia’s fastball sat at 94.2 mph while topping out at 97.3 mph. It featured outstanding spin rate (98th percentile) and showed excellent bat-missing ability, generating a 13.8% swinging-strike rate (28% whiffs). It also had a surprisingly good 34% chase rate while holding batters to a meager .285 wOBA (.248 xwOBA) and .160 batting average.
The cutter isn’t a legitimate part of Garcia’s arsenal, with all of 15 on the ledger for last year. Worth noting is that what is called a cutter might in fact be rogue sliders that come in a little harder (averaging 89.3 mph) and with less break, causing a mix-up in classifcation.
Garcia didn’t throw the splitter all that much and featured it exclusively to left-handed batters. He doesn’t throw it in the zone much at all (23.2%). It was good at getting hitters to fish out of the zone with a 39.5% chase rate, and also generated a good 14.2% swinging-strike rate (32% whiffs).
Garcia actually throws two different iterations of a breaker. One is a slower curve, averaging just over 83 mph, that he throws roughly 30% of the time. Last year, it notched a modest 20% whiff rate and showed below-average movement. The other is a slider he threw roughly 18% of the time and comes in a little harder at just under 87 mph. It returned a decent but unspectacular 31.3% whiff rate. Note that both of these pitches can easily overlap into a sort of slurve, so their exact classification will vary depending upon your source.
Garcia had TJS in February of 2017 and missed the entire season. Garcia’s primary pitch, the four-seamer, had some slight arm-side movement and sat at an average of 94.5 mph, which was in line with his velocity pre-TJS. He increased the use of his four-seamer as the season went on (50% in May to 64% in September), despite the pitch earning a -6.4 pVal. Overall, it got hit pretty hard, sporting a .333 ISO and .405 wOBA.
Garcia’s post-TJS slider sat about 3.5 mph faster than his 2016 season and he managed a 58.8 Zone%, but that’s where the positives end. The pitch lacked the movement it had pre-TJS (2.5 MOV after being > 4.9 MOV prior), and batters took advantage to the tune of a .263 ISO and .423 wOBA.
Garcia introduced a curveball to his repertoire and threw it 20% of the time come September. He threw the pitch in the zone at a decent rate (56.6%), but it didn’t miss bats (21.7 O-swing% and 9.4 SwStr%), and when batters connected, they connected hard (.444 ISO, .503 wOBA).
Garcia only threw his pitch 5% of the time in 2018 and faded the pitch completely in August and September, throwing none in those months.