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Prospects on Deck: 1B Dermis Garcia – Yankees

Dermis Garcia of the Yankees. Photo by David Conde of LOD.

The New York Yankees are nicknamed the Bronx Bombers, and it has shown over the years with many ball players with major pop that have either come over in trades or are homegrown talent. The most recent homegrown talent with home run power, are guys like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and when healthy Miguel Andujar.

Well this past weekend my team and I witnessed another future Yankees’ Bomber during the 2019 Florida State League All Star Game Home Run Derby in Jupiter, Florida. First Baseman, Dermis Garcia, who would win the Derby with an outstanding 12 homers in the final round (in just 3 minutes), has the talent to join the likes of Sanchez and Judge in a few seasons, if not sooner. The ball just popped off his bat as he looked at ease with his swing,

Garcia was signed by the Yankees as an international free agent in 2015. After playing in 23 games with the Yankees Gulf Coast League team and experiencing his first pro season, the Dominican Republic native showed his power threat in 2016 with 13 home runs in 57 games with the Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian Rookie League.

In 2017, Garcia started the season with Pulaski and in 33 games he batted .270, with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 115 at bats. He was then promoted to the Charleston River Dogs of the South Atlantic League (Class A Full Season) and in 30 games, he hit eight home runs and drove in 20 runs in 110 at bats.

Dermis Garcia of the Yankees. Photo by David Conde of LOD.

During the 2018 season, he played a full year with Charleston and batted .241, slugging 17 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 324 at bats.

Now in 2019, with the Tampa Tarpons (Class A Advanced), and at the mid-season break, Garcia is batting .255, with 12 doubles, and the league leader with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Over his last 10 games he is batting .306, with two home runs and 10 RBIs. He has had two multiple homer games, and a seven-game hit streak so far in 2019.

The Tarpons are at the bottom of the pack in the North Division of the Florida State League at 28-38 and unless they show a win surge in the second half of the season, keeping Garcia in Tampa may be a mute point. If this up and coming Yankees star is to continue developing, a move to Double-A in the second-half may be an option.

But when it comes to the Yankees and how other homegrown talent have fared with the right seasoning, taking their time with Garcia may prove to be the best recipe in his growth, but we would definitely like to see how he fares at the next level this season.

No matter how the Yankees handle Garcia, it seems to be a sure bet that the next Yankees star is on the rise in the minors.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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