Why Detroit Tigers demoted reliever Bryan Garcia to Triple-A Toledo



Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch speaks after his team sweeps the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

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Detroit tiger Relief Bryan Garcia the team was closer when the 2020 season is over.

After manager AJ Hinch was hired, defined roles were discarded. It instead focuses on high leverage situations, where Gregory Soto, Michael Fulmer and Jose Cisnero recently shone to help the bullpen get a 1.94 ERA since May 16.

Garcia, 26, got out of pitching at key moments due to poor results. On Sunday the tigers have demoted him to Triple-A Toledo. Hinch asked Garcia to clean up his delivery and improve control of his parking spaces.

“He fought against everything,” said Hinch on Monday. “We have to get him right … He usually escaped many of his trips, but it felt more like an escape than he had the moment under control.”

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Tigers pitcher Bryan Garcia throws against the Cubs during the seventh innings of the Tigers 4-2 defeat on Friday, May 14, 2021, at Comerica Park. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Last season Garcia posted a 1.66 ERA with 10 walks and 12 strikeouts in 21⅔ innings. This season, Garcia has pitched 18-inch innings in 19 games. He has a 5.30 ERA, 14 walks, and 18 strikeouts, with a 1,661 WHIP.

Garcia allowed two runs without escaping the eighth inning Sunday against the new York Yankees. The two runs were rated with two hits and one walk. After watching him struggle through 22 pitches, Hinch went to Fulmer to complete the eighth and ninth innings.

During Garcia’s 10 outings in May, he walked seven bats in nine innings, allowing nine runs (five earned) with nine strikeouts. It threw 57% of its 185 strikes in May and 58% of its 375 strikes throughout the 2021 campaign.

“We have to synchronize it to be a more consistent thrower,” said Hinch. “In the reports from last season it was that he could really hit a point at any time. Anything you wanted from him with the fastball and the slider, he could do, especially with the glove side down and away.

“We didn’t see that in the spring. He’s doing the team, sort of a photo finish on who made the team at the end of spring. And then we look at the first month – some good, some bad, and some in the middle. “

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Bryan Garcia celebrates a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians with catcher Wilson Ramos at Comerica Park on April 3, 2021. (Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)

To replace Garcia, the Tigers chose 23-year-old Righty Rony Garcia. He started playing for Triple-A Toledo this season but is reported to work in the Bullpen for the Tigers. If Rony Garcia plays well, Hinch plans to keep him in the big leagues.

Meanwhile, Bryan Garcia – who is not related to Rony – must set up well for the Mud Hens to get another opportunity with the Tigers.

“At the beginning of the season, there was a lot of talk about how he is in a way a major backend reliever, given his command and control and all the things he can do positively,” said Hinch. “We just didn’t see that. And he admitted that. He’s not naive. He’s a realist.

“It’s hard for him to go down and have to find out in Triple-A, but that’s necessary now.”

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for ours Tiger newsletter.