The Arizona Diamondbacks traded veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to the Houston Astros for pitching prospect Junior Garcia. Here's a quick look at the newest member of the reptile baseball organization.
Junior Garcia, LHP: The Astros signed Junior Garcia out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 for $200,000. His debut in the 2013 Dominican Summer League was successful (2.67 ERA in 34 innings, 30/12 K/BB) and he remained reasonably effective last year in the Gulf Coast League (3.02, 27/19 K/BB in 42 innings). 2015 has gone well: a 1.23 ERA in 29 innings for Greenville in the Appalachian League (19/7 K/BB), followed by eight innings with no earned runs and nine strikeouts after being promoted to Tri-City in the New York-Penn League.
Garcia is listed at 6-1, 180, born October 1st, 1995. His control has taken a substantial step forward this season. His fastball is in the 88 MPH range but he's developed a solid curveball and flashes a workable change-up. He has been used as both a starter and reliever but it remains to be seen what his long-term role will be.