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Jaime Garcia has solid outing going 5 2/3 against Detroit
Jaime Garcia, locked into the Braves' starting rotation, pitched well again Thursday against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. He allowed five hits and one run while walking one and striking out four. Garcia has had a terrific spring, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his five Grapefruit League starts. He carries a 2.63 ERA along with a 1.17 WHIP this spring.
If you carry at least eight pitchers on your fantasy roster in 12-team leagues and above then Garcia deserves consideration. Barring injury, he offers upside as an innings eater who shouldn't embarrass himself too often.
Jaime Garcia sharp in third spring start
Jaime Garcia, locked into the Braves starting rotation, tossed three innings of scoreless ball against the Yankees Sunday. He allowed no hits, walked two and recorded one strikeout. Garcia is coming along well this spring as he sports a 3.38 ERA over eight innings thus far.
Garcia's fantasy value is dependent on how your league scores pitching. If you're looking for the W, you can do better elsewhere, but QS is another matter, but it too carries risk. Can Garcia get to six innings on a consistent enough basis (QS) to warrant a roster spot? He may get solid run support via a revamped offense so he could be worth a late-round flier, dependent on league scoring values.
Jaime Garcia twirls three against Pirates Tuesday
Jaime Garcia got off to a shaky start, allowing Pirate prospect Austin Meadows to take him deep in the first. but he settled in with some solid pitching and finished up in good shape. Over three innings, he allowed three hits and two runs (both earned) while walking two and striking out four. Garcia, after the game to AJCs David O'Brien: “Trying to throw strikes, and quality strikes,” Garcia said. “Obviously I made a couple of mistakes there early in the game. That’s part of working through some things. Everything overall feels pretty good, so I’ve just got to continue to work on my stuff…. I’ve just got to continue to work on my command of my fastball and the change-up, but that’s what spring training is for.”
Garcia says he is getting the benefit of working with Cy Young Award winners Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey which can be a pretty solid deal. He has fantasy value for those that carry eight or more SPs on their roster.
Jaime Garcia makes spring debut against Yankees
Jaime Garcia made his Braves and spring debut Wednesday against the Yankees. In two innings pitched, he allowed two hits and one run (earned) while allowing one walk. Garcia is locked into the starting rotation for the Braves for the start of the 2017 campaign.
Garcia has fantasy value as a lefty and innings eater. That and he can count on the improved Braves offense for adequate run support. For those rosters that carry six or more starters, he is worthy of consideration.
Jaime Garcia traded to Braves for three mid-level prospects
Jaime Garcia was traded to the Atlanta Braves today for three mid-level prospects, RH Chris Ellis, INF Luke Dykstra (son of Lenny) and RHP John Gant as the Braves continue their efforts to fill their 2017 rotation with veterans while their top pitching prospects continue to develop in the minors. The acquisition allows the team to be flexible with the rotation next year. Garcia does not fit in with the team's long-term plans, however, as his contract is for 2017, with an option for 2018.
Garcia, if he can stay healthy, will certainly be used next year and can be considered if your fantasy team has a good bit of depth on the roster for pitchers. He'll be with the Braves for a short stay and who knows, could be traded next summer before the deadline.
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