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Avisail Garcia RFWhite Sox

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 23)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .263 0 0 0 0 .255 0.0
Birth Date6-12-1991
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age23 years, 4 months, 9 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
-0.02012
-0.02013
-0.32014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 DET 21 23 51 47 7 15 0 0 0 15 3 10 1 0 0 3 0 2 .319 .373 .319 .241 0.4 -0.5 -0.0
2013 CHA 22 42 168 161 19 49 4 2 5 72 5 38 1 1 0 21 3 2 .304 .327 .447 .272 3.6 -2.8 0.1
2013 DET 22 30 88 83 12 20 3 1 2 31 4 21 0 1 0 10 0 1 .241 .273 .373 .246 -0.4 -0.4 -0.1
2014 CHA 23 46 190 172 19 42 8 0 7 71 14 44 2 2 0 29 4 1 .244 .305 .413 .256 0.6 -3.3 -0.3
Career1414974635712615314189261134406376.272.314.408.2584.2-7.0-0.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 vdt Rk 63 263 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 WMI A 81 315 .223 .257 .333 .376 .258 .342 101 -12.4 9.1 -3.4 -3.9 -0.9 -8.8 -1.3 -8.8 -1.3
2009 LAK A+ 3 8 .170 .230 .298 .325 .232 .333 114 -0.8 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 0.2 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2010 WMI A 125 524 .244 .255 .328 .378 .253 .358 102 -9.4 15.7 -6.1 2.7 -2.7 -6.7 -0.4 -6.7 -0.4
2011 LAK A+ 129 515 .237 .262 .328 .386 .256 .339 101 -13.4 15.4 -5.7 -5.2 -2.1 -4.0 -0.9 -4.0 -0.9
2011 ORI Wnt 9 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 DET MLB 23 51 .241 .248 .310 .394 .252 .405 106 -0.9 1.4 -0.4 -0.5 0.1 0.4 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
2012 LAK A+ 67 287 .265 .254 .325 .366 .248 .335 107 1.7 8.6 -3 2.4 1.8 10.6 1.3 10.6 1.3
2012 ERI AA 55 226 .274 .249 .316 .368 .250 .357 107 3.4 6.2 -0.1 1.5 1.5 11.0 1.3 11.0 1.3
2012 ORI Wnt 15 60 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHA MLB 42 168 .272 .249 .306 .387 .254 .370 100 2 4.4 -1.3 -2.8 -1.1 3.6 0.1 3.6 0.1
2013 DET MLB 30 88 .246 .249 .315 .385 .260 .295 102 -1.2 2.3 0 -0.4 0.3 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2013 LAK A+ 6 28 .393 .248 .328 .375 .258 .409 101 4.1 0.8 -0.3 -0.0 0.7 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
2013 CHR AAA 8 32 .387 .261 .339 .390 .261 .409 97 4 0.8 0.1 -0.6 -0.4 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2013 TOL AAA 33 156 .342 .257 .317 .384 .250 .455 95 13.9 4.5 -0.2 -0.3 0.6 17.8 1.8 17.8 1.8
2014 CHA MLB 46 190 .256 .256 .311 .396 .259 .285 106 -0.8 4.9 -1.8 -3.3 -1.8 0.6 -0.3 0.6 -0.3
2014 CHR AAA 13 53 .283 .253 .326 .377 .247 .485 112 1.4 1.6 -0.8 -0.0 0.8 3.5 0.3 3.5 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 vdt Rk 263 33 73 12 2 7 34 15 39 7 5 .298 .344 .449 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 LAK A+ 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .170 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
2009 WMI A 315 36 79 11 2 1 31 8 70 8 7 .264 .293 .324 .060 .223 -8.8 -3.9 -1.3
2010 WMI A 524 58 139 17 4 4 63 20 113 20 4 .281 .316 .356 .075 .244 -6.7 2.7 -0.4
2011 ORI Wnt 13 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .250 .308 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 LAK A+ 515 53 129 16 6 11 56 18 132 14 5 .264 .297 .389 .125 .237 -4.0 -5.2 -0.9
2012 LAK A+ 287 47 77 8 5 8 36 11 57 14 4 .289 .324 .447 .158 .265 10.6 2.4 1.3
2012 ORI Wnt 60 7 10 2 0 0 1 5 15 1 1 .185 .267 .222 .037 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 DET MLB 51 7 15 0 0 0 3 3 10 0 2 .319 .373 .319 .000 .241 0.4 -0.5 -0.0
2012 ERI AA 226 31 67 9 3 6 22 7 38 9 4 .312 .345 .465 .153 .274 11.0 1.5 1.3
2013 CHR AAA 32 6 10 0 1 1 9 4 4 0 0 .370 .469 .556 .185 .387 4.4 -0.6 0.4
2013 TOL AAA 156 23 55 7 1 5 23 8 32 4 2 .374 .410 .537 .163 .342 17.8 -0.3 1.8
2013 LAK A+ 28 9 10 0 2 1 4 4 1 2 0 .417 .500 .708 .292 .393 5.1 -0.0 0.5
2013 CHA MLB 168 19 49 4 2 5 21 5 38 3 2 .304 .327 .447 .143 .272 3.6 -2.8 0.1
2013 DET MLB 88 12 20 3 1 2 10 4 21 0 1 .241 .273 .373 .133 .246 -0.4 -0.4 -0.1
2014 CHR AAA 53 9 17 3 0 1 3 1 16 0 0 .340 .377 .460 .120 .283 3.5 -0.0 0.3
2014 CHA MLB 190 19 42 8 0 7 29 14 44 4 1 .244 .305 .413 .169 .256 0.6 -3.3 -0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 145 0.5379 0.6000 0.7931 0.7308 0.4478 0.8772 0.6333 0.2069
2013 919 0.4886 0.5767 0.7226 0.7661 0.3957 0.7849 0.6075 0.2755
2014 698 0.4499 0.5444 0.6605 0.7325 0.3906 0.7913 0.4600 0.3395
Career17620.47730.56580.70380.74990.3980.7950.55120.2952

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-26 2014-09-27 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness -
2014-04-10 2014-08-16 60-DL 128 113 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Avulsion Fracture 2014-04-15 -
2014-02-21 2014-02-23 Camp 2 0 - Surgery Ingrown Nail - -
2013-09-08 2013-09-10 DTD 2 2 - Head Other Dental Work - -
2013-03-22 2013-05-01 15-DL 40 25 - Foot Contusion Heel - -
2013-03-17 2013-03-22 Camp 5 0 - Foot Contusion Heel - -
2012-05-23 2012-05-31 Minors 8 7 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHA $510,000
2013 DET $490,000
2012 DET $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$490,000
2011Current$510,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,000,000
2 yrTotal$1,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 167 dOctagon1 year/$0.51M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/1/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Re-signed by Detroit 3/2/13. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in three-way trade from Detroit 7/30/13 (Jake Peavy deal).
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/18/11. Re-signed by Detroit 2/14/12.
  • Signed by Detroit 2007 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $0.2M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 611 75 180 21 6 19 79 23 135 14 6 .311 .341 .469 .296 32.1 RF -4 3.0
80o 590 69 166 20 5 18 73 21 133 13 6 .297 .326 .447 .283 23.4 RF -4 2.1
70o 575 65 156 18 5 17 69 20 132 13 5 .286 .315 .431 .273 17.5 RF -4 1.4
60o 562 62 148 17 5 16 66 19 131 12 5 .277 .305 .417 .265 12.7 RF -4 0.9
50o 550 59 141 17 5 15 63 18 130 11 5 .269 .296 .404 .257 8.3 RF -4 0.5
40o 538 56 133 16 4 14 60 17 129 11 5 .260 .287 .392 .249 4.2 RF -4 0.0
30o 525 53 125 15 4 13 57 16 128 10 4 .251 .278 .378 .241 -0.1 RF -4 -0.4
20o 510 50 118 14 4 13 54 15 126 9 4 .241 .267 .362 .231 -4.8 RF -4 -0.9
10o 489 45 105 12 3 11 49 13 123 9 4 .227 .251 .341 .218 -10.9 RF -4 -1.6
Weighted Mean55560143175156418131115.272.300.409.26010.0RF -40.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 39% 4% 19% 60%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015244845512214413552011610.269.304.402.2570.79.90.2-3.414.9-1.9-3.5
2016255436313417416642312311.261.298.405.2610.811.70.3-3.914.90.4-3.9
2017265246012414315592411911.253.291.386.2520.36.70.2-3.914.9-4.5-3.8
2018276237115220517712514512.259.295.399.2550.37.10.2-4.914.9-3.2-4.5
2019286397415619519742815012.259.297.399.2570.48.10.1-5.214.9-1.8-4.6
2020296067014817518702713611.258.296.397.2550.37.2-0.0-5.114.9-2.7-4.4
2021306357215220417713014110.257.297.391.2540.15.6-0.2-5.514.9-3.7-4.6
2022316347215518418712813710.259.297.391.2540.15.5-0.2-5.714.9-3.6-4.6
202332626721551841872281319.263.301.397.2570.37.0-0.3-5.814.9-1.9-4.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.927.620.721.715.515.5110.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 71)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 81 Felix Pie 2008 .220
2 81 Starling Marte 2012 .270
3 81 Aaron Cunningham 2009 .178
4 79 Cameron Maybin 2010 .252
5 79 Carlos Gonzalez 2009 .285
6 76 Dayan Viciedo 2012 .259
7 76 Michael Saunders 2010 .244
8 76 Jordan Schafer 2010 .000 DNP
9 75 Adam Jones 2009 .261
10 75 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2011 .000 DNP
11 75 Howie Kendrick 2007 .269
12 74 George Springer 2013 .000 DNP
13 74 Austin Jackson 2010 .261
14 74 Peter Bourjos 2010 .221
15 74 Chris Young 2007 .256
16 74 Trayvon Robinson 2011 .225
17 73 Wilkin Ramirez 2009 .369
18 73 Brandon Short 2012 .000 DNP
19 73 Fernando Martinez 2012 .280
20 73 Josh Reddick 2010 .198
21 72 Nate Schierholtz 2007 .240
22 72 Junior Lake 2013 .280
23 72 Michael Taylor 2009 .000 DNP
24 72 Michael Choice 2013 .294
25 72 Joel Guzman 2008 .000 DNP
26 72 Ryan Kalish 2011 .000 DNP
27 72 Steven Proscia 2013 .000 DNP
28 72 Joe Benson 2011 .225
29 71 Juan Lagares 2012 .000 DNP
30 71 T.J. Steele 2010 .000 DNP
31 71 Jimmy Paredes 2012 .195
32 71 Javier Herrera 2008 .000 DNP
33 71 Xavier Paul 2008 .000 DNP
34 71 Roger Kieschnick 2010 .000 DNP
35 70 Francisco Peguero 2011 .000 DNP
36 70 Nick Evans 2009 .210
37 70 Zoilo Almonte 2012 .000 DNP
38 70 Brian Fletcher 2012 .000 DNP
39 70 Rainel Rosario 2012 .000 DNP
40 69 Matt Kemp 2008 .280
41 69 Bryan Petersen 2009 .000 DNP
42 69 Derek Dietrich 2013 .260
43 69 Bryce Brentz 2012 .000 DNP
44 69 Johermyn Chavez 2012 .000 DNP
45 69 Jeff Francoeur 2007 .262
46 69 Gorkys Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
47 69 Andrew McCutchen 2010 .305
48 69 Domonic Brown 2011 .284
49 69 Tyler Colvin 2009 .187
50 69 Miguel Velazquez 2011 .000 DNP
51 69 Neftali Soto 2012 .000 DNP
52 69 Greg Golson 2009 -.006
53 69 Marc Krauss 2011 .000 DNP
54 69 Danny Valencia 2008 .000 DNP
55 69 Wilin Rosario 2012 .268
56 69 Chad Tracy 2009 .000 DNP
57 69 Starlin Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
58 69 David Winfree 2009 .000 DNP
59 68 Dexter Fowler 2009 .266
60 68 Gary Brown 2012 .000 DNP
61 68 Sean Ratliff 2010 .000 DNP
62 68 Josh Vitters 2013 .000 DNP
63 68 Steven Hill 2008 .000 DNP
64 68 J.D. Martinez 2011 .258
65 68 Will Middlebrooks 2012 .279
66 68 Colby Rasmus 2010 .316
67 68 Ian Stewart 2008 .269
68 68 Ryan Sweeney 2008 .270
69 68 Ryan Royster 2010 .000 DNP
70 68 Steven Selsky 2013 .000 DNP
71 68 Stefen Romero 2012 .000 DNP
72 68 Wes Bankston 2007 .000 DNP
73 68 Engel Beltre 2013 .227
74 68 Adam Milligan 2011 .000 DNP
75 67 Carlos Peguero 2010 .000 DNP
76 67 Alejandro Selen 2012 .000 DNP
77 67 Jordan Danks 2010 .000 DNP
78 67 Chris Swauger 2010 .000 DNP
79 67 Brett Eibner 2012 .000 DNP
80 67 Grant Green 2011 .000 DNP
81 67 Vinnie Catricala 2012 .000 DNP
82 67 Carlos Gomez 2009 .219
83 67 Josh Whitaker 2012 .000 DNP
84 67 Ronnie Welty 2011 .000 DNP
85 67 C.J. Cron 2013 .000 DNP
86 67 Josh Rutledge 2012 .252
87 67 Devin Mesoraco 2011 .210
88 67 Donald Lutz 2012 .000 DNP
89 67 Allen Craig 2008 .000 DNP
90 67 Thomas Pham 2011 .000 DNP
91 67 Quincy Latimore 2012 .000 DNP
92 67 Andy Marte 2007 .193
93 67 Andrew Lambo 2012 .000 DNP
94 67 Brandon Guyer 2009 .000 DNP
95 67 Brandon Crawford 2010 .000 DNP
96 66 B.J. Upton 2008 .273
97 66 Lane Adams 2013 .000 DNP
98 66 Sean Henry 2009 .000 DNP
99 66 Gerardo Parra 2010 .240
100 66 Kyle Parker 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .239 .284 .375 .241
11 vs R (Multi) .309 .330 .432 .258
18 Split (Multi) .071 .046 .057 .017
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .219 .256 .384 .234
31 vs R (2013) .310 .331 .439 .261
38 Split (2013) .091 .075 .055 .027
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Garcia held his own last year in limited time given his age and the fact that he skipped Triple-A after just 55 games in Double-A. However, he is not a fully developed prospect and the organization wants him playing daily, so if he doesn’t win a job in spring training, he'll be sent down. He bears a striking resemblance to Cabrera, but the Tigers would be over the moon if he delivered 75 percent of the MVP's average output. That would make him approximately a 25-home-run hitter with 30 doubles, 90 runs batted in, and 75 runs scored. Even 60 percent would suffice.
2012 Fellow Lakeland outfielder Avisail Garcia is similarly young, toolsy, and contact-deficient; his speed, strong arm, and power potential earned him a spot on the 40-man, but he’ll have to start putting the ball in play or the organization will lose interest.
2011 Venezuelan teenager Avisail Garcia has speed, a strong arm, and absolutely no sense of the strike zone; the Tigers felt that he improved his approach as the season progressed, and since it’s hard to conceive of it getting worse, they’re probably right.

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2014-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Ethan!! In your opinion, is the Avisail Garcia we've seen the past few weeks the same guy we should expect to see next year??
(Charlie from Chicago)
He's certainly not the .289/.373/.511 hitter that he's been over the past two weeks in the long term. His hit tool will always be tempered by a lack of discipline at the plate, so for me, he's more of an average hitter with plus power and a good defender in right field with a cannon for an arm. I'd look at his line so far this season as a realistic guide as to what he is in the long term with some upside for more in his peak years. As an aside, he's a personal favorite. I'm a sucker for the prototype in right field. (Ethan Purser)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)20 Team Dynasty - Ian Kennedy for Avisail Garcia. Who wins?
(The Pope Of Chili Town from Chili Town)
Kennedy ROS, Avisail Garcia forever more. Garcia really needed some ABs this year but I still believe. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)I shouldn't pit you between your colleagues like this but I wanted to ask another question so here it is. If Ben and Mauricio went into a one on one hell in a cell match who do you think would win? If each writer could chose a baseball player as a sidekick who would each of them choose? What would each writers finisher be? What would their respective players finisher be? Thanks for holding the chat baseball prospectors, Trev
(Trevor Bauer from New York)
one on one I'm taking Mau on pure strength but Ben might outwit him by sleeping through the entire beatdown, only to surprise attack Mau as he takes a victory lap. Mau would probably take Avisail Garcia because he can't shutup about him and Ben would take Xander just to get closer to him. I have no idea on the other stuff because I don't understand the appeal of wrestlemen (Craig Goldstein)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Kole Calhoun and Avisail Garcia both got some preseason helium. Which one do you like more for 2014?
(Henry S. from Westish)
Garcia and it's not close. This isn't to say he'll have more value at season's end but he's got way more ceiling than Calhoun and that's something I'm willing to gamble on. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see as Avisail Garcia's ceiling and do you think he has a legitimate shot at reaching it?
(joseph from Illinois)
His ceiling is a 20-20 producer with a reasonably good batting average, and I don't think he ever gets there. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Avisail Garcia - for real?
(Greg from Texas)
Well he hasn't done anything yet that needs to be declared fake or real. He's mostly hype... reasonable hype, IMO, but fairly priced, too. I'm buying. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, I've got Brett Lawrie for $9 in a $260 Roto Auction Keeper. What's this guy's deal?? Am I silly for keeping him at this price, or does he have a chance to help in 4 to 5 categories and make him worth the risk? Also, any thoughts on Avasail Garcia? I've seen some people project 30hr. Seems like a reach to me...
(Russ from San Diego)
He's great at $9. Keep in mind that the expectations were ridiculous for Lawrie in 2012 because of a short season success in 2011 with a BA spike. He is still a very productive player who I believe gets better but at that price you can't go wrong.

Yes, that's a reach on Avisail Garcia. 20 HR seems more realistic, and I wouldn't be surprised to see as little at 15. I don't see 30 at all (now watch him go and do that). (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect out of Avisail Garcia this season? The Cabrera comparisons of last season were ridiculous. I am looking for a more reasonable voice.
(Chad from OKC)
The Cabrera comparisons are last year's best example of why I hate comparisons the way most people do them. Why was he being compared to the greatest right-handed hitter of the past decade? Because they both play for the Tigers, bat right-handed and are baby-faced Venezuelans? He has some pop but maybe never enough for a corner outfield spot. He's ultra-aggressive and will make a ton of outs. He needs to hit .300 to be a productive major league corner outfielder. (Jeff Moore)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank: Avisail Garcia, Oswaldo Arcia, Marcell Ozuna?
(Felipe from Mexico)
Arcia, gap, Garcia, Ozuna. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Curious about your thoughts on Avisail Garcia's ceiling and if DET will eventually regret that trade?
(Mike from Detroit)
Whether or not Detroit regrets the trade depends on the outcome of Jose Iglesias' time there. If he's the everyday shortstop and provides good value in the field and at the bottom of the order, I'm not sure they're going to regret the deal too much.

As for Garcia himself, I think he can be an above-average regular in right field. Defenisvely, he's going to be an asset there with good instincts, average speed and a big arm. Offensively, even with an aggressive approach, he's got a feel to hit and there's power in the bat. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, rank the following outfielders for 2014: Avisail Garcia, Corey Dickerson, and Desmond Jennings. Thanks!
(James from Chicago)
Hey James.

Of those 3 OF, I would rank Jennings at the top. He is the most proven of the trio and most likely to get a full season's worth of playing time. Garcia is 2nd. He will probably play all season for the White Sox, and has enough speed to make him a slight sleeper candidate. Dickerson is at the bottom. His numbers for the Rockies weren't great, and I'm not convinced yet that he wasn't a product of hitter-friendly Colorado Springs. Maybe he gets a full season of AB for the Rockies, but maybe he doesn't. Josh Rutledge was considered a no-brainer $20 earner but had OBP issues and flopped. Dickerson has similar OBP issues. If you can't get on base, you're going to have problems, even in COL. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)List 5 hitters and pitchers that you feel could be breakout players in 2014. Thanks for the chat, Mike!
(Brett from The Office)
Hi Brett.

Hitters: Christian Yelich, Billy Hamilton, Oscar Taveras, Avisail Garcia, Josmil Pinto.

Pitchers: Jameson Taillon, Rafael Montero, Drew Smyly, Jimmy Nelson, Taijuan Walker. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would love your opinion on Avisail Garcia now that we've seen him play 40 games in MLB.
(Shawn from Chicago)
My opinion hasn't changed much. I've seen Garcia play since he was 18-years old and just arriving in the US. He is an ultra-talented kid with the ability to flash five average or better tools. He can handle center field in a pinch but fits oh so well in right field long term. The contact ability is there -- almost to his detriment -- and I still believe he's going to run into 25+ doubles and 15-20 home runs a year when all is said and done. Not to mention his makeup is off the charts; great kid. He is an impressive player and a good get for the White Sox. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Mark what do you think of Avisail Garcia? I know he has plate discipline issues but any upside there? Little Miggy should learn from Big Miggy if you ask me. Thanks!
(Tim from KC)
There is certainly upside there. The plate discipline is an issue in that it leads to more weak contact than you would like from a guy of his stature. However, he does have an impressive ability to get the barrel of the bat to the baseball, giving him a chance to hit for a decent average anyway. His hitting ability and defense have never really been questions. The question has always been how much of his raw power will ultimately translate to games. He can put on some impressive batting practice displays, but he has yet to unlock that in game situations, tending to suffice for mediocre contact instead of trying to unload and drive the ball. Overall, I think he can be a solid everyday guy, even though the raw tools suggest a fair bit more than that. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! What's your take on Avisail Garcia? Does he have legitimate upside with the bat?
(Henry from Chicago)
He does. But to be honest, I'm not really sure what he is going to be. Clearly he has offensive tools; good bat control and a quick, efficient trigger. Despite the size/strength and fluidity of the swing [itself], I'm not sure how much over-the-fence power he will develop. I've asked around about him quite a bit and opinions are very mixed on the ceiling of the bat. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! What is your take on Avisail Garcia? High ceiling kind of guy?
(Adam from Houston)
Garcia's lack of secondary skills probably limits the height of his ceiling. He has the chops to make consistent contact, but with near-zero patience and limited power, he basically has to hit .300 in order to carry much value.

On the jukebox: Billy Idol, "Rebel Yell" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Avisail Garcia, who do you think gets the call to the majors first, Garcia or Nick Castellanos? Will Detroit wait for an injury, or just promote one of them when they think they're ready?
(Jon from Detroit)
Castellanos is scuffling a bit at the higher levels, and his breakout at Lakeland is drifting further into the rearview mirror. The MLB roster is pretty loaded and the Tigers sit in a weak division, but Andy Dirks is not blocking anybody in LF. I say that Garcia gets there first, but that Castellanos wins the job once he is ready. A competitive team like Detroit has less incentive to play games with the arb clock, but in this case the promotion will be tied to performance. Castellanos has to earn his role. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Comparing your list with BA (I know, snapshots, different information) and looking for big differences, I see that Lance McCullers, Adam Eaton, and Avisail Garcia aren't even on your list. Why so?
(Brady Childs from Ruston, Louisiana)
Because I don't value them as highly as some; different reasons for each player, but its not like they suck because they don't land on a prospect list. As I've said, you can make a case for 100 players for the final 50 spots. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the better prospect: Avisail Garcia or Marcell Ozuna? Which one has a better chance at becoming an all-star in the big leagues? Thanks!
(Cole from St. Louis)
They're the same. Obviously they're not really, but there is no known data to suggest we know one way or the other. (Those are the worst kind of answers but they're my favorite.) If I had to pick I'd pick Ozuna because I was tweeting jokes at Garcia's expense during the postseason last year and so I'd like those tweets not to look hysterically misguided ever. (Sam Miller)


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