Luis García Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/30/1987 (36)
Luis García Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Luis García News
San Diego Padres reliever Luis Garcia recorded his third save of the season on Saturday, closing out his team's 2-1 win over the Nationals. With Josh Hader struggling in the closing role as of late, manager Bob Melvin stated the team would go with a committee approach moving forward, and Garcia was the arm summoned for tonight's opportunity. He retired the first man he faced, but went on to allow a single and a hit batsmen before getting an inning-ending double play to seal the win. Garcia has posted a serviceable 3.40 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 48 K through 45 IP, and would only serve as a fantasy option for managers who are desperate for saves down the stretch run.
San Diego Padres pitcher Luis Garcia struck out one over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. He entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. The 35-year-old received the first save opportunity with the recent news of incumbent closer Taylor Rogers "getting a little bit of a break" from closing duties. Garcia tossed a perfect inning on Sunday, recording his first save of the year. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.23 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 42:12 K: BB across 39 innings in 2022. After his recent struggles, Rogers will likely be eased back into the closer role. Garcia should see more save opportunities during Rogers' break, and fantasy managers searching for saves should add him in all league formats.
The San Diego Padres have signed relief pitcher Luis Garcia, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, the reliever will earn $7 million in two seasons, $500,000 of which is a signing bonus. The 34-year-old pitched to a 3.24 ERA and a 2.72 FIP in 33.1 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, registering two saves, 34 strikeouts, and eight walks. He'll join a San Diego bullpen that also features Emilio Pagan, Pierce Johnson, Tim Hill, and Craig Stammen in high-leverage roles.
Garcia was one of the most valuable fantasy players in the league last year after going undrafted as he had no expected role in the Astros rotation prior to the season. He went on to throw 155.1 innings, winning 11 games with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. His 26.4% K% and 7.9% BB% marks were far from elite, but both beat the league averages. There is a lot of room for that strikeout rate to grow given the incredibly strong 13.7% swinging-strike rate he posted (10th best among qualified starters). He was also a guy that was tinkering throughout the year, upping his cutter usage and adding a sinker mid-season after he was really struggling with left-handed batters. His cutter ended up as a great pitch with a 23.2% SwStr% and a 30.7% CSW%. He also posted strong metrics on the splitter, slider, and changeup. A deep arsenal and ability to adjust led to great results at the end of the year. Garcia has a locked-in spot in the Astros' 2022 rotation. With all of the positives we saw in 2021 and the fact that he is just 25 years old, there are a lot of paths to Garcia crushing his ADP (about 150) once again in 2022.