Garcia could contribute in the majors this season, according to manager David Bell, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Bell noted how strong Garcia is coming on in camp, despite the fact he has never played above High-A. Another factor in Garcia's favor is that the Reds basically have nothing behind Freddy Galvis (who has been mentoring Garcia) at shortstop. This is a nice vote of confidence from Bell, but it would be borderline unprecedented for Garcia to skip over Double-A and Triple-A and be a quality big-league hitter in 2020 if he were forced into action due to his plus defense at shortstop.
Garcia will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season. He will not be training at Great American Ball Park with the Reds' top players, but Garcia is now eligible to potentially make his big-league debut this season. That said, the 22-year-old shortstop has never even played at Double-A, so don't look for him to assume a prominent role until 2021 or 2022.
Garcia homered twice in Tuesday's spring training loss against the Angels, despite the wind blowing in, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Garcia is getting some extra playing time in spring training with Freddy Galvis out for the short-term, but he impressed manager David Bell. "He's fun to watch," Bell said. "He's a talented young player. It will be fun to see him. We'll be sure to get him some playing time this spring. It will be a good experience for him." Garcia is ticketed for Double-A after breaking out at High-A Daytona last year.
Garcia (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in High-A Daytona's loss to Florida on Tuesday. A slide into second base Saturday resulted in a shoulder injury and led to a brief absence from the lineup, but Garcia seems be fine now. The steal was his ninth in 11 attempts, and he has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games with Daytona. His .727 OPS ranks third on the team among players with 100 plate appearances.
Garcia exited Saturday's game at High-A Daytona with a right shoulder injury, Tortugas broadcaster Justin Rocke reports. Garcia sustained the injury sliding into second base and the opposing second baseman fell on him. Per Rocke, the injury doesn't appear to be a serious concern and Garcia should be considered day-to-day.