In a literally disastrous season on the south side, which finds the White Sox 22.5 games out of first place and in last place, one of the bright spots as they look to next season is young outfielder Avisail Garcia.
He has only played 16 games for the team after coming over from the Detroit Tigers in a 3 team deal with the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline last month. Boston received Sox pitcher, Jake Peavy, and Detroit pitcher, Brayan Villarreal. Detroit got shortstop, Jose Iglesias from Boston, and the White Sox not only received Garcia, but also some young pitchers from the Red Sox.
After playing only 17 games, Avisail Garcia has teammates such as second baseman, Gordon Beckman convinced he is on his way to a good career. “I sense a drive there and a want to do it the right way“, Beckman said. “There’s not a lot of fear. He’s just got it. I don’t know what that is. He’s just got it. He wants to be good, he wants to win, he wants to do well for himself and the team. “
“He has the five tools,” said Al Avila the Tigers’ Vice President and Assistant General Manager. “He can run like a deer, he has a cannon for an arm. He has power. He is a good defensive player. He is learning to stay away from bad pitches and making better contact. “
The Tigers signed Garcia when he was 17 out of Venezuela. Just last year he was still playing Class A ball for Lakeland, Florida, but he was called up to the majors a few times due to injuries and was also on the playoff roster. When the White Sox traded outfielder, Alex Rios, to the Texas Rangers, they promoted Garcia to the big league club from Triple- A Charlotte on August 10th.
No matter where the White Sox put him in the outfield or in the batting order, he should be a fixture on the South-side for years to come.