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Yanks' No. 4 prospect fans 9 in combined no-no

@GoldenSombrero
June 24, 2019

After flirting with a no-hitter and racking up a career-high 15 strikeouts in his last start, Deivi Garcia was untouchable once again on Monday as he and Double-A Trenton relievers Domingo Acevedo and Daniel Alvarez fired a combined no-hitter in the Thunder’s 7-0 win against Reading. Trenton’s no-hitter was its

After flirting with a no-hitter and racking up a career-high 15 strikeouts in his last start, Deivi Garcia was untouchable once again on Monday as he and Double-A Trenton relievers Domingo Acevedo and Daniel Alvarez fired a combined no-hitter in the Thunder’s 7-0 win against Reading.

Trenton’s no-hitter was its fourth in franchise history and its first since Sept. 8, 2017, when then-Yankees prospects Justus Sheffield and Taylor Widener completed a combined no-no against Binghamton in Game 3 of the Eastern League Division Series. The no-hitter was the sixth this season in the Eastern League.

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Garcia, the Yankees’ No. 4 prospect, hit the first batter of the game but quickly settled in to retire 11 straight batters, eight via the strikeout, before surrendering a two-out walk in the fourth inning. He committed a throwing error to open the fifth inning and also issued a one-out walk on 10 pitches, but escaped the frame without giving up a hit to complete his outing.

What’s more, Garcia has now been the driving force in a combined no-hitter in back-to-back years after he and a reliever accomplished the feat for Tampa on Aug. 6, 2018. He struck out 12 over seven perfect frames in that performance -- in his second Florida State League, too -- though the Tarpons ultimately fell to Clearwater, 1-0, in extra innings of a seven-inning contest.

He finished Monday's outing with nine strikeouts and threw 56 of 92 pitches for strikes, generating 17 swinging strikes.

Garcia, 20, recorded 24 swinging strikes in his previous outing on June 18, when he carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning en route to his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season in a win over Richmond. He's racked up 24 strikeouts in 11 innings between the two starts, all while allowing just one hit and three walks.

Few Minor League hurlers have missed bats as consistently as Garcia this season. In 13 starts between Trenton and Class A Advanced Tampa, the 5-foot-9 right-hander has fanned 109 batters in 64 2/3 innings, averaging 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s struck out 38.3 percent of the 285 batters he’s faced this season, and done so while pitching to a 2.78 ERA.

Overall, Garcia has compiled 360 strikeouts in 249 innings (13.0 K/9) while pitching to a 2.78 ERA over parts of four seasons since signing with the Yankees for $200,000 in July 2015.

Acevedo, the Yankees’ No. 22 prospect, replaced Garcia on the mound in the sixth inning and promptly delivered a pair of hitless frames, striking out two and issuing one walk. It was the fourth straight hitless appearance out the bullpen by the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder, who sports a 3.86 ERA on the season.

Alvarez, a 22-year-old right-hander, celebrated being named to the Eastern League All-Star team earlier in the day by working the final two frames of Trenton’s combined no-no. He recorded three groundouts during a perfect eighth inning but labored slightly in the ninth, as he pitched around one-out walk and two-out fielder’s choice before inducing a game-ending flyout to center field.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.