Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was down in Florida last night to watch Jaime Garcia pitch. Could the youngster be in the bigs this season?
One of the Cardinals' best pitching prospects - probably the
best, actually, at least until Shelby Miller
signs - took another step last night in his attempt to return from Tommy John surgery.
pitched in a rehab outing last night for the Palm Beach Cardinals
, throwing three scoreless innings and giving up only two hits while striking out five. Best of all, he didn't walk a batter.
What's really interesting about this whole thing is the fact that both John Mozeliak
and Jeff Luhnow
were on-hand for the game, with Luhnow posting updates via Twitter
. According to Luhnow, Garcia was hitting 92 mph pretty consistently with his fastball, which is frankly outstanding for a pitcher's second outing of a rehab assignment.
The reason I find it curious, and really
fascinating, that both Mozeliak and Luhnow were there is because if
Mozeliak himself actually took the time to fly to Florida and watch
this game, that suggests to me the Cardinals see Garcia as a legitimate
option to contribute at the big league level sometime down the stretch
The left side of the bullpen has actually been one of the
stronger facets of the team this season, but Garcia would likely be
more of a middle reliever than a lefty specialist. In that role, he
could certainly have an impact, as the Cards have struggled with
bridging the gap to Ryan Franklin this season, particularly since the trade of Chris Perez and the collapse of Josh Kinney.
for one am really excited to see Garcia on his way back; I thought he
had a chance to be a pretty special pitcher before his injury. There
are some questions about his delivery; he seems to have a timing issue
at the back of his arm action, and I hope maybe the coaching staff used
the rehab process as an opportunity to work on cleaning that up if at
Certainly a name worth watching as he tries to work his way back to St. Louis.