The O’s are adding more depth to their bullpen, after signing right-hander Rico Garcia to a minor league deal earlier this week.
The deal, first reported by Melanie Newman, is pending a physical. Garcia, who had Tommy John Surgery in March, did not pitch in 2021 and will not be ready by spring training.
Garcia, 27, was drafted out of Hawaii Pacific University in the 30th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, where he would spend the first four years of his career.
The young righty would make his Major League debut for the Rockies but would only pitch in two big league games for them before being claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants in 2019.
The Honolulu native would pitch in 12 games for San Francisco in 2020, all of which were out of the bullpen. He went 1-1 and held an ERA of 5.40, while striking out seven batters and walking four.
Garcia has allowed a total of 13 runs and 22 hits in 16 innings of big league ball, with nine walks and nine strikeouts. His minors numbers are average, going 25-25 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.313 WHIP in 85 minor league games, including 72 starts. He’s struck out 400 batters in 400.2 innings and averages a home run every nine innings.
Garcia gives the O’s pitching depth, as the mid 90’s thrower is not arbitration eligible until 2025. This is another low risk, high reward signing from Mike Elias.
Welcome to Birdland, Rico!
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