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School: Florida International; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 200 pounds
Previously Drafted: St. Louis Cardinals, 20th round, 2011
Background: Pick a statistic, any statistic, and it’s likely that Garcia, a three-year starter at FIU, has shown serious developmental progress. From the important – power, plate discipline and contact rate – to the inconsequential – batting average – Garcia has evolved from a 20th round pick of the Cardinals in 2011 to one of the top collegiate backstops.
After hitting .271/.344/.417 as a true freshman, Garcia followed that up with a .321/.378/.522 triple-slash line and then topped that once again this season – .353/.428/.588 through 42 games.
Defensively, he’s thrown out a touch over 28% of would-be base stealers this year.
Projection: Solid skills across the board with two above-average tools – bat and power – Garcia’s one of the top collegiate backstops, a hybrid of the offensive-minded Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and the more well-rounded Max Pentecost.
Garcia’s offensive peak should reside somewhere near .290/.340/.440 with 15 or so homeruns and solid defense behind the plate. The lone knock, though, has been his level of competition and a rather sparse showing in the Cape following his sophomore season.
Ceiling: 3.0- to 3.5-win player
Floor: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Second Round
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