Detroit Tigers select pitcher Rony Garcia from Yankees with Rule 5 draft pick

Posted: 12:59 PM, Dec 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-12 21:57:18-05
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Tigers have selected righthanded pitcher Rony Garcia from the New York Yankees with the first pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft.

The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic split last season between the Yankees' Single A team in Tampa and Double-A team in Trenton. He had a 4.01 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 25 appearances.

He also had a 1.23 WHIP an limited opponents to a .234 batting average.

Last year, he was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week twice, and in his four seasons, he has a 3.50 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 75 appearances, including 75 starts.