How Deivi Garcia is trying to get the Yankees’ career back on track

TAMPA — Almost a year to the day after Deivi Garcia’s 2021 season began to unravel, the young right-hander was hoping to start a catch-up season in earnest.

Garcia is scheduled to start for the Yankees Wednesday night when they host Baltimore at Steinbrenner Field, and he’ll sport a new look when he does, having restored some of his mechanics to 2020 levels.

Garcia and pitching coach Matt Blake said the 22-year-old is delivering more over the hand than he did a year ago when the Yankees adjusted his arm slot — with disastrous results.

An ebb and flow of spring practice ended with Garcia allowing four seven-hit runs — including two home runs — in just three innings on March 24, hitting batters in six innings.

Deivi Garcia at the Yankees spring training session in Tampa on March 18, 2022.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Briefly in talks for a spot in the season-opener rotation, Garcia made just one start for the Yankees before spending most of the rest of the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where his command problems persisted.

“I think I’m more myself again,” Garcia said through an interpreter this week. “I try to go back to a natural movement and not overthink my mechanics.”

Garcia called his current performance “very close” to his 2020 version, as he impressed in six games with the Yankees after shooting through the system in 2019 when he reached Triple-A and put himself on the Yankees’ radar.

Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake works with Deivi Garcia on his delivery.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Last year, the Yankees believed Garcia was too “rotating” on his delivery — meaning he rotated too much — and adjusted his pitching form, and his control problems worsened. He batted 68, had a 1.875 WHIP and allowed 21 home runs in just 90 ⅔ innings with SWB and finished the season with a 7.25 ERA.

While the Yankees have some questions about their rotation — from how many innings Luis Severino is expected to pitch to whether Nestor Cortes Jr. can repeat his success from a year ago — there’s no clear spot for Garcia at this time in the Bronx.

He expects that to change.

“I want to help the team and that’s only possible once I’m in the rotation at some point,” Garcia said.

And the struggles from a year ago, he believes, made him stronger.

“I’ve said before that you can never have a bad game because you’re always learning, even if the result isn’t what you want,” said Garcia, who turns 23 in May. “I think I’m better suited to facing adversity and getting out of it quicker when it happens. That’s something you have to find out, and I think I’ve done that.” How Deivi Garcia is trying to get the Yankees’ career back on track


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