Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
A series of Yankees roster moves Thursday brought one surprise, when the team sent top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia all the way down to Double-A Trenton.
Garcia struggled in spring training, going 0-2 with a 7.46 ERA. But it turns out that the demotion had nothing to do with his performance -- "zero," according to a source -- and does not preclude Garcia from starting the season in New York, which is still in play.
As a source explained the move, rosters were frozen and the Yankees only had three spots at Triple-A Scranton. Those went to players with major league service time -- pitchers Michael King and Ben Heller, and infielder Thairo Estrada. With Scranton full, Garcia went to Trenton. But that was only because of the service-time seniority issue.
When spring training resumes, Garcia will be given the chance to earn spots on the Yankees or in Scranton.