Chicago White Sox 2014 Spring Training Profile: Avisail Garcia
The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were all involved in a significant trade which sent Jake Peavy from the White Sox to the Red Sox to solidify Boston’s rotation. The Tigers received Jose Iglesias, who is now the a cornerstone in Detroit’s infield. Chicago received Avisail Garcia, who is primed to start the season in right field.
Garcia was one of the top prospects in the Tigers organization and even got to play with the team for a little bit in 2013 before being shipped to the Windy City. Garcia played in 72 games between both teams, hitting seven home runs and driving in 31 RBIs. He batted a cool .283/.309/.422. This job is supposed to be his for the taking.
Projected to bat fifth in the lineup behind Jose Dariel Abreu and Adam Dunn, Garcia is going to have a lot of opportunity to drive in runs for the White Sox this season. His progress in Spring Training will only solidify that fact. Chicago needs a lot of production from its heart of the lineup and with Garcia being major-league ready, Chicago is going to be a contender in the AL Central.
The Venezuelan-born Garcia is a five-tool player who can impact the game offensively and defensively. If you are watching any Spring Training in February and March, you need to watch Garcia and how he fares in the outfield and at the plate. He is not going to shy away from the big spots.
If he could turn out to be somewhere between Dunn with the bat and Magglio Ordonez in the field, White Sox fans should be happy.
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