Deivi Garcia's Triple-A debut on Sunday caught the attention of many, including Yankees skipper Aaron Boone.
Prior to Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay, Boone was asked about Garcia's debut, when the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three earned runs over five innings, striking out six Columbus Clippers along the way.
"Good first Triple-A start," said Boone. "[He] had a presence. I actually watched probably a little over an inning of it, just to watch his stuff. Wasn't as dominant as we've seen in some of his outings, but I think a very good first showing in Triple-A.
"One of the reports said he had really good presence. He flashed all the pitches that have made him really special so far this year, so a good first outing for him to go get a win and throw strikes and rack up some punch outs too."
Garcia has been working his way up the Yankees' farm system in 2019, starting the year with four games in Tampa before being promoted to Double-A Trenton. With the Thunder, Garcia pitched to a 3.00 ERA in 10 starts, striking out 81 batters in 51.0 innings.
After a prolific outing in this year's All-Star Futures Game, Garcia made the jump to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Garcia's name has been circulating in trade rumors, with Mets' top evaluator Omar Minaya on hand to watch his Triple-A debut, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman has said that Garcia is "pushing himself into the mix" to potentially help the big league club this season, making him an intriguing name to watch as the Yankees continue to their run towards a run in October.