Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects: 20-18, Turnbull, Houston and Garcia

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18. Bryan Garcia
Age: 21
Throws: Right-handed
Role: Relief Pitcher
2016 Minor League Affiliate: Connecticut Tigers

Similar to Houston, Bryan Garcia is looking like a shrewd draft selection by Al Avila and the rest of the Detroit Tigers front office.

The 21-year-old also made the jump from Connecticut to West Michigan in his first taste of pro ball.

In 18 innings of work, the former sixth-round pick turned in a pristine 1.00 ERA while finishing 12 games.

All told, Garcia allowed just one home run and three walks in his time with Connecticut.

Additionally, the right-hander showed an affinity for striking batters out by fanning 21 hitters. That’s good for 10.5 punch outs per nine frames.

Potential Future Role With the Detroit Tigers

While Garcia struggled in his lone appearance for West Michigan, allowing three runs in just two thirds of an inning, he shows plenty of upside moving forward.

Like Houston, the former University of Miami pitcher could also progress through Detroit’s system quickly if he can continue to post strong strikeout numbers.

What’s more, Garcia also has closing experience, with six saves already in his first professional season.

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If the right-hander can continue to miss bats and record outs, he could eventually settle into a late-inning relief role for the Tigers.