With Mets talent evaluator Omar Minaya on hand, Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia made his Triple-A debut Monday against the Columbus Clippers.
The right-hander tossed five innings, yielding three runs and six hits while walking one and striking out six, and earned the win, a 6-4 victory.
After allowing back-to-back singles and a sac fly to begin the game, Garcia escaped further trouble after striking out Brandon Barnes to begin a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" double play.
Max Moroff's two-run homer in the third inning was the lone other blemish on Garcia's record, who retired seven of the last nine batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen to start the sixth.
The Yankees promoted Garcia to Triple-A following his stellar performance in the Futures Game last week, where he started and twirled a 1-2-3 inning against some of baseball's finest young talent.
In a SiriusXM radio appearance on Friday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman mentioned that the 20-year-old prospect could be a late-season addition to the club's bullpen. This plan should be a familar one to Yankee fans. In 2007, 21-year-old Joba Chamberlain exploded onto the baseball scene with electric stuff, debuting on Aug. 7 and striking out 34 batters in 24 innings.
Garcia's Triple-A debut may not have been as eye-popping in the box score as Yankee fans may have hoped, but it should provide them with a glimpse of what could be an impact arm down the stretch.