Pittsburgh Pirates: Checking in on Players Traded This Past Offseason

The Pirates traded a handful of players last off-season, but where are they now and how are they performing?

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Nick Garcia

Nick Garcia was a fellow member of the Pirates’ 2020 draft class. A righty out of Chapman University, Garcia didn’t do terrible in 2022, though it was nothing to write home about either. Last offseason, the Pirates sent him to the Colorado Rockies in a one-for-one swap for outfielder/first baseman Connor Joe.

Garcia has greatly struggled in his first year in Colorado’s system. In 83.1 innings, Garcia owns a terrible 7.34 ERA, 5.71 FIP, and 1.68 WHIP. A .349 batting average on balls in play isn’t doing the right-hander any favors. But some bad batted ball luck doesn’t cover for the uninspiring 19.2% strikeout rate, or the worryingly high 1.84 HR/9 rate. The only number worth mentioning here is his walk rate at 8.7%.