New York Yankees: Who should be the fifth starter with Paxton out?

James Paxton, New York Yankees. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Deivi Garcia

Deivi Garcia is a name that most Yankees fans have become familiar with in the past year or two. Garcia is one of the Yankees top prospects and spent the 2019 season climbing the minor league ranks. He started the season in Tampa before heading to Trenton and eventually ended the season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

During the 2019 season, Garcia had a 3.06 ERA in four starts with Tampa. As well as a 3.86 ERA in 11 starts with Trenton. He stumbled a bit when he reached Triple-A. Over his brief tenure with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Garcia had a 5.40 ERA in six starts (11 appearances). His ERA could’ve dramatically increased with the Rail Riders as a result of switching Garcia to the bullpen. Something he hadn’t done thus far in his professional career.

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Overall, Garcia had a 4.28 ERA in 111.1 innings while striking out 165 batters and surrendering 54 walks in 2019. He also had an outstanding 13.3 SO/9.

There is no reason to rush Garcia to the big stage just yet, especially if he may not be ready. The New York Yankees best course of action would be to start Garcia in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he would be a full-time starter again to see how he adjusts to the harder competition.

If Garcia doesn’t make it to the big league club in 2020 and he shows signs of improvement in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he will definitely have a real shot at making the rotation in 2021 and beyond.

Next. With Kyrie sidelined, Caris Levert is taking over for Nets. dark

With all of these options, Montgomery still has the best chance at claiming the fifth starting spot unless he completely bombs his Spring Training outings.