That placement would be a surprise considering the 250-pound power hitter does not fit the physical mold. But Robin Ventura spoke about the possibility on Wednesday.
"He could very easily [bat third] and there's really an opportunity for him even if we want to bat him second," he said. "He has that kind of approach at the plate. He does have some speed that you can utilize there. There are some ideas of throwing him in there. ... When you look at it, you like what you see when you see [his name] in there. It might happen."
Garcia settled in at the fifth and sixth spots in the order last season with the White Sox, but batted some cleanup toward the end of the year.
It's just an intrasquad game, but manager Robin Ventura assembled one lineup that included every starter. In that lineup, Garcia will hit third. The young outfielder showed plenty of potential last season, and is looking for a breakout in 2014. The fact that the team is willing to try him in the middle of the order says a lot about what they think of his talent.
Last season, Garcia hit .283/.309/.422 in 244 at-bats.
"A full year from Avi Garcia will be interesting, because he can go any direction," teammate Paul Konerko said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I know he’s going to do well, I just want to see where that’s going to go, because he can (hit for) average and power. He can go out and hit .260 with 40 home runs. He really has the potential to be a monster in this league."
New White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson is also impressed with what he's seen from the 22-year-old outfielder.
"Being able to work with him, I can understand where they’re coming from," Steverson said. "It’s obvious he’s still young and needs to shape his game into what he’s going to be, but that’s every player who has played in the big leagues.
"I hate to use the word ‘potential,’ because it’s a very dangerous word, but if he does live up to what he has on that level, we’ve got something special."
Garcia should return in a few days. He's coming off a season in which he hit .283/.309/.422 in 244 at-bats. Garcia will take on a much larger role with the club this season. He's expected to hit in the middle of the order.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/29/2013 vs Kansas City|
|vs Kansas City||36||9||0||.250||.278||.250|
|vs Guthrie (Career)||6||2||0||.333||.333||.333|
|Last 7 Games|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||125||494||58||139||17||4||4||63||20||113||20||4||.313||.356||.281|
|2011||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||129||488||53||129||16||6||11||56||18||132||14||5||.297||.389||.264|
|2012||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||67||266||47||77||8||5||8||36||11||57||14||4||.324||.447||.289|