One of the lesser-known players to defect from Cuba in the last five years, Adonis Garcia may have never gotten his shot in the majors if the Braves hadn't rescued him from the Yankees' scrapheap last offseason. The rebuilding club offered the 30-year-old the perfect low-pressure environment to showcase his abilities, hoping to build up his trade value, and he performed well enough in the second half last year for that to remain the plan now. Of course, he didn't quite live up to his profile as a high-contact gap hitter, instead powering 10 home runs in just 191 at-bats. He actually had some bad BABIP luck, too, so if he can raise that batting average a little and hold off Kelly Johnson for full-time at-bats, he could surprise. He remains highly unproven, though, and doesn't walk enough to measure up if the power disappears, so for now, he remains just an NL-only pick.
Garcia is a legitimate candidate to begin 2016 as the Braves' starting third baseman, MLB.com reports. Pointing to Garcia's double-digit home run total in less than 200 plate appearances with Atlanta, GM John Coppolella said "it's something where I felt he earned an opportunity." The team is not yet ready to formally name Garcia to the starting role, but it seems confident in Hector Olivera's ability to transition to left field. Garcia, who will turn 31 less than two weeks into the 2016 season, drew just five walks with the big club last season, and the power seems unsustainable given his below-league-average flyball rate.
Braves outfielder/third baseman Adonis Garcia (back) is back in action Thursday. Garcia, who was a late scratch Wednesday with a stiff back, is a late replacement for the ailing Hector Olivera. He will take over at the hot corner and hit fourth against Washington.
Braves outfielder Adonis Garcia (leg) returned to the lineup Sunday against the Phillies. Garcia exited Friday's game a bit early with an apparent leg injury, and it forced him to miss Saturday's game as well. He seems to be OK, as he'll return to left field and bat cleanup in his return to the lineup Sunday.
Braves outfielder Adonis Garcia (leg) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Phillies. Unsurprisingly, Garcia will sit a day after injuring his leg while running the bases Friday night. It's not clear how significant of a setback that Garcia is dealing with, but he'll be replaced in left field by Michael Bourn for Saturday's contest.
Braves outfielder Adonis Garcia left Friday's game with an apparent leg injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. He doubled in a run in the bottom of the first but appeared to injure himself running the bases, overrunning second for the third out of the inning. Michael Bourn replaced Garcia in left field.