Quick thoughts on the two major pitching-related transactions this week.
- Nats finally cut the cord on Christian Garcia, after attempting to nurse him back to health for most of the past few years. They got moments of brilliance (the 2012 playoffs basically), but mostly they got frustrated promises of future utility. There were more than a few arguments in this space even as late as this spring from people who thought Garcia was going to break camp with the team thanks to his grand total of 12 2/3 MLB innings, merely on the promise of what he could become. I hope someone picks him back up and gives him another shot (maybe the Yankees, his original drafting team?). One small nit: I can see perhaps DFAing the guy to make room on the 40-man; why bother outright releasing him at this point? What harm would there be in keeping him in Syracuse to see if he gets it back?
- Taylor Hill, who I thought would be lucky to start in AA this year, let alone dominate AAA has he has (9-2, 1.92 ERA), gets added to the 40-man and called up. I say bravo to him and bravo to the Nats for rewarding a guy who didn’t appear on *any* prospect list for the Nationals, anywhere. This guy was a *senior* sign, a 6th round cost-savings draft pick in 2011, a guy who probably signed for a few thousand dollars and whose ceiling of expectations was perhaps two good years in A-ball eating innings before getting released for the next crop of draftees. Hill may only be up with the team for a couple of days to give some bullpen innings, but now he’s on the 40-man, where he’ll likely sit for quite a while. Maybe he even pushes for a 5th starter spot sometime in the future.
Lets hope Hill gets some time tonight or in the next series so we can do a “first look” post.