Avisail Garcia feels much older than he really is. It does seem like we have been teased with his potential for years upon end, but he has yet to turn 26. In the 1500+ major league plate appearances he has amassed thus far, he has a triple slash line of .258/.310/.385 which is only rosterable in deep single-league formats. He is large, but doesn't hit with enough power and that size keeps him in the bottom half of the lineup. He doubles down on the pain by hitting way too many balls into the dirt as his groundball rate has been at least 55 percent in all but one of his seasons in the big leagues. If this were a speedster we were talking about, there is reason for excitement, but this is a lumbering ox that can't loft the ball and strikes out too much. He is still young enough to turn it around, but time's a-wasting.
Garcia went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers. The second-inning solo shot was Garcia's fifth homer of the season and second in as many games. The 25-year-old continues to have a monster April and is now slashing .388/.430/.638 through 21 games.
Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's win over Kansas City. After going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 of the series Tuesday, Garcia followed it up with another solid outing Wednesday. He's now up to a .373/.420/.600 slash line with 17 RBI and is well on his way to the breakout campaign many have been expecting for a few years now. It's unlikely Garcia holds off a statistical decline for much longer, but the 25-year-old outfielder will probably remain fantasy relevant in most settings.
Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Royals. His numbers have started to slide after his hot start, and Tuesday's three hits represent half his haul over the past week. Garcia is still slashing .380/.429/.577 through 19 games with an impressive 15 RBI and 12 runs scored, but expect those ratios to continue to decline.
Garcia went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Yankees. He provided the difference in this game with his seventh-inning bomb, a 409-footer to left center off Luis Severino. Long considered a promising hitter, Garcia has consistently disappointed, but he's off to a remarkable start this year, hitting .440 with three homers and 13 RBI through 13 games. Of course, if you look up the definition of "unsustainable" in the dictionary, you'll find that the top entry reads "Avisail Garcia's .543 BABIP."
Garcia batted fourth in the order and went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI in Sunday's 3-1 extra-inning victory over Minnesota. The move to the cleanup spot was a nod to Garcia's hot start, which got even hotter when he tied a career high for hits in one game and provided a game-winning, two-run homer in the 10th inning. He leads MLB with a .465 average (20-for-43) while his 10 RBI are tied for the team lead. With Melky Cabrera (paternity leave) expected back Monday, the batting order will be tweaked, but we expect Garcia to remain in the middle of the order.
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