Within minutes of being acquired by the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster three-team deal last month, Avisail Garcia was given the pressure of becoming the next star on the South Side. That pressure only grew for the 22-year-old outfielder when he was called up from Triple-A and made his White Sox debut on Aug. 9. And although he struck out in his first at-bat with the Sox, he has quickly showed why GM Rick Hahn and many others are optimistic to say the least about Garcia’s future in Chicago.
Picking up two more hits in the White Sox 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday afternoon, Garcia extended his hitting streak to six games. The right-handed slugger is hitting .297/.350/.432 in 10 games with the Sox, including five RBI and four extra base hits.
What’s been most impressive of Garcia is his approach at the plate. While the majority of young hitters tend to fail to use the entire field, Garcia’s already proved he’s not afraid to drive the ball the other way if given the opportunity.
Moving forward, there’s still some developing Garcia needs to do in order to become the next Pale Hose franchise player. His hitter’s eye is still somewhat concerning, which was the case when the Sox first traded for him. However, with only 167 major league at-bats under his belt, the ceiling for Garcia is arguably higher than any other position player for the Sox.