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Jaime Garcia
Birthdate: 7/8/1986 (30 y, 8 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-1/200     Position: P
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 22, Pick: 30, Overall: 680, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $27.5M / 4 Years (2012 - 2015) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Garcia gave up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four over 5.2 innings during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. (3/24/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jaime Garcia pitched more than 130 innings since 2011. Yet after pitching admirably through April and May, he absolutely bombed from June onward. It's an unfair characterization of his season - his 3.77 xFIP points to the abominable 20.2% home run-to-fly ball rate (HR/FB) that obliterated his season. It just seems like Garcia was a primary victim of last year's home run surge. His strikeout and walk rates never overwhelm, but he's still a ground ball king with no discernible weaknesses otherwise-- well, except for his health, but at this point, it's a well-established risk. Garcia's move from St. Louis to Atlanta dings his draft stock pretty hard, but he was never going to be a mixed-league starter for you anyway. He's rebound material, albeit one with limited upside. You can probably land him in NL-only leagues on the cheap, and he'll make for a fine starter for as long as he's healthy. Otherwise, his days of mid-3.00 ERAs and middling strikeout rates, while not necessarily behind him, are not particularly helpful in this day and age of massive whiffs and dominant young arms. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Jaime Garcia won't be anywhere near as bad as he was last year, but he also doesn't have the upside his ground ball tendencies and base runner prevention might suggest. Being in Atlanta won't do him any favors, either. He's best left for deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats, although he could probably be bought at basement prices given his awful 2016 and history of poor health.

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