Luis Garcia up for a MiLBY


Aug 14, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Luis Garcia (57) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Garcia is the lone member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization up for one of Minor League Baseball’s slew of MiLBY awards in 2014.

The right-hander is up for “Top Relief Pitcher” after leading the International League in saves with 22, which he recorded in in 25 save opportunities with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Of the eight finalists up for the award, only Phil Klein of the Texas Rangers’ organization and Akeel Morris of the New York Mets’ organization finished with lower earned run averages than Garcia’s 0.96 ERA.

Appearing in 39 games with Lehigh Valley, Garcia went 2-1 and gave up just five earned runs in 46.2 innings of work.

As other relievers in the Phillies’ system began to get promotions and seek more opportunity as potential closers, along with Garcia’s dominance in Triple-A, it allowed the Dominican native to be a September call up to Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old first saw time with the big club in 2013 and went 1-1 in 24 games, though it was clear at the time he may need work.  He did, however, pitch sporadically for the Phillies in 2014, appearing in one game in April, two in May and one in June before finally get the nod in September as he finished the season with Philadelphia.

With the Phillies in 2014, Garcia finished 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA in just 14 innings.  The righty was roughed up, allowing 10 earned runs and 12 overall while walking 13.

Fans can vote for Luis Garcia and other MiLBY nominees here until October 23rd.  Winners will be announced from October 23-31.