Much has happened since my last update on former Bowie Baysox pitchers and “Just One Fan’s” favorites RHP’s Jason Garcia and Jesus Liranzo.
After pitching for the Hartford Yard Goats in a game against the Akron Rubberducks on May 18th in which he lasted 1.2 innings and surrendered 4 earned runs on 6 hits, Garcia was released on May 22nd.
Garcia finished his time with Hartford with a 2-1 record in 15 appearances over 18.2 innings. He gave up 27 hits, 23 runs (20 earned) and 3 homeruns while walking 15, striking out 17 and hitting one batter. Garcia had a 9.64 ERA, a 2.25 WHIP and a .365 batting average against; he was 0-1 in save opportunities as well.
For his 9 year career, Garcia is 30-34 and 6-13 in save opportunities with a 4.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP.
As of this update he is officially listed as “released”.
The Pittsburg Pirates organization promoted Liranzo to the AAA Indianapolis Indians on May 22nd. The promotion came after a 9 game, 12.0 inning stint with the AA Altoona Curve in which he surrendered just 7 hits and had a 0.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Liranzo had converted all 4 save opportunities he had in Altoona.
Liranzo has appeared in 4 games for the Indians and has no record nor has he had a save opportunity. He has pitched 5.2 innings, however, and has a 4.76 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 5 walks and 5 strikeouts. He has given up 2 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and 2 homeruns; he has limited International League hitters to a .111 batting average as well.
The Pirates organization certainly are getting the most out of Liranzo’s potential, something that the Baltimore Orioles couldn’t do. It is good to see this success and I hope that Liranzo continues on this upward path and realizes his dream of reaching the Major Leagues.
I also hope to see Garcia land on his feet and receive another opportunity to resume his career. As with any player, he deserves to finish his career on his terms.
The recent events surrounding these two pitchers shows how volatile and fragile minor league careers can be. What I wrote two weeks ago still rings true, “fortunes are on the way up and potential is being realized while other fortunes are falling and the struggles continue”.