Garcia will join the Nationals' big-league spring training camp. Garcia will get to work with Washington's major-league coaches at the start of camp, but he probably won't be pushing to join them for good until next season. He struggled in an aggressive assignment to Double-A Harrisburg last season, slashing .257/.280/.337 while serving as the youngest hitter at the Double-A level by a range of 15 months.
Garcia is slashing .135/.167/.212 over his last 13 games for Double-A Harrisburg. The 19-year-old has had a roller-coaster campaign as one of the youngest players in the Eastern League, but Garcia still retains a potentially bright future despite his lackluster .251/.278/.301 line on the year. The Nats' No. 2 fantasy prospect has the talent to eventually develop into a solid all-around middle infielder, but the organization won't rush him to the majors unless he begins to force the issue.
Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday. The Nats' No. 2 fantasy prospect won't turn 20 until next May, a vitally important context to consider before dismissing him as a flop for his .590 OPS on the year. Garcia's found his form at the plate in June, though, slashing .330/.358/.398 through 24 games on the month, and while he still isn't supplying a lot of power or speed, his athletic profile suggests he'll provide both once he matures. Trea Turner is entrenched at shortstop and Carter Kieboom is next in line at second base, so the club can afford to be patient with Garcia.
Garcia will open the campaign at Double-A Harrisburg, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports. Garcia, who won't turn 19 years old until May, will be one of the youngest players in the Eastern League when he debuts with Harrisburg. The assignment is an aggressive one, but certainly not undeserved after Garcia slashed .299/.338/.412 in 221 plate appearances at High-A Potomac last season and held his own at big-league camp this spring. The Nationals will likely continue to develop Garcia as a shortstop, though he could eventually shift to second base as he draws closer to the big leagues.
The Nationals reassigned Garcia to their minor-league camp Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Despite being one of the younger players in any big-league camp during spring training, Garcia looked advanced beyond his age. The 18-year-old went 6-for-19 with seven runs and two RBI, with his 3-for-3 effort over the weekend against the Astros standing out as his most eye-opening performance. The young shortstop only saw a half season of action at High-A Potomac in 2018, but his success in the Carolina League coupled with his stellar spring could prompt the Nationals to assign him to Double-A Harrisburg to begin the upcoming campaign.
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