AZ took a look at middle infield prospects earlier this week and the one name that stuck out to me that is worth further investigation was Greg Garcia, especially because he has played all of his games at SS this year. So, more on Greg Garcia after the jump.
Prior to this season, Greg Garcia played a large portion of his games at second base. He played 18 games at short last year in Quad Cities, but only because Kolten Wong has 2B locked down wherever he plays. Once, reunited with Kolten Wong for the second time, Garcia has returned to shortstop for all of his games so far this season in Springfield. Garcia seems capable of playing SS in Springfield by standing at the position and not making a fool of himself. He doesn’t seem to have the range or the body to stick there long term. If Kolten Wong wasn’t on the same squad, Garcia would be at 2B everyday. The presence of Wong actually pushes Garcia to a higher profile and more difficult position.
As you can see in the video below, Garcia has a quick, line drive swing with a high finish that seems to indicate that he may have doubles power down the road. There is no denying his numbers. He’s increased his walk rate as he has climbed through the system. He’s put up over 110 wOBA+ at every stop including over 130 the past two years. He’s age-appropriate for his league at 22 and can hit and get on base.
All that put together makes him a good sleeper candidate, but someone who may be blocked at his best position by his teammate, but could still make it to the major leagues as a utility infielder.