Les Capitales de Quebec began their winter signings for the 2020 season by awarding contracts to pitchers Yeudy Garcia and Frank Moscatiello. Both gunners will be an experienced player classification in 2020.
Acquiring Yeudy Garcia was key for Quebec manager Patrick Scalabrini, which laid the foundation for his rotation of starting pitchers. The 27-year-old Garcia played the last three seasons with the Altoona Curve, the AA-level team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 6’2′ right-hander will be making his first experience in independent baseball after completing a six-season stint with the Pirates’ organization.
“We think it’s a very big signing. He has a very good experience in affiliated baseball. He has a major league arm, which can reach mid-90 miles per hour, and has dominated the A and A high levels. We think he will be a dominant pitcher with us this year in the Frontier League,” Manager Patrick Scalabrini said.
In more than 500 innings in the Pirates’ system, including nearly 200 at the Double-A level, the Dominican struck out 478 batters with a 3.57 ERA. Previously used as both starter and reliever, Garcia had 72 starts, good for a record of 30 wins and 30 losses.
A key contributor out of the bullpen, pitcher Frank Moscatiello will not be in his first round at Canac Stadium. For the past two seasons, briefly in 2019, mostly in 2018, he had played for the Rockland Boulders. It was during the 2018 campaign, then straight out of St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York, that Moscatiello had excelled as a rookie, striking out more than one batter per inning pitched and finishing the season with an earned-run average of 2.79.
This excellent first season in the professional world landed him a contract in the American Association before completing the summer of 2019 with the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League. The 23-year-old American had recently been acquired from Gary SouthShore’s RailCats, to whom Southern Illinois traded him at the conclusion of the season.
“We liked Moscatiello when he was a reliever with Rockland in 2018. He reached 95 miles per hour at the test camp. We think he’s going to be a key part of our bullpen in 2020,” concluded Scalabrini.