Davey Johnson talked Sunday about watching different pitchers throw, and being impressed with Gio Gonzalez and Cole Kimball and he said he got an early report on one of the other hard-throwing right-handers in camp in Viera, Florida with the defending NL East Champs. "We also got a good report on Christian Garcia," the Washington Nationals' manager told reporters, "Said he threw the [BLEEP] out of the ball." When the Nats' skipper talked about the 27-year-old, former New York Yankees' right-hander last week after watching one of Garcia's early bullpen sessions this Spring, he compared the '04 3rd Round pick's stuff to Stephen Strasburg's.

Garcia started the 2012 campaign at Double-A Harrisburg, posting a 1.80 ERA, 1.30 FIP, six walks and 28 Ks in 18 games and 20.0 IP. Then it was Triple-A Syracuse, where the righty saved 14 games while putting up a 0.56 ERA, a 1.87 FIP, 11 walks (3.06 BB/9) and 38 Ks (10.58 K/9) in 32.1 IP. The final stop of Garcia's second season in the Nationals' system was the Nats' bullpen, where he had a 2.13 ERA, a 3.73 FIP, two walks (1.42 BB/9) and 15 Ks (10.66 K/9) in 13 games and 12.2 IP after he was called up to make his MLB debut in September.