Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Giants recently added Erik Kratz and Tom Murphy to their catching depth chart, forcing Garcia to open the season in the minors. The 26-year-old hit .286/.308/.492 with four homers during a September call-up in 2018 (19 games), so he figures to get another shot with the big club at some point in 2019.
Garcia is in jeopardy of not making the Opening Day roster after manager Bruce Bochy announced that Erik Kratz will back up Buster Posey to begin the season, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Garcia was slated to begin the year as Posey's backup, but GM Farhan Zaidi brought in Kratz last minute and manager Bruce Bochy was apparently comfortable enough with the 38-year-old to usurp his younger option. Bochy did not rule out the possibility of Garcia being kept as a third catcher and bench bat, but an unorthodox move like that would really cripple the manager's lineup flexibility at other positions. For now, it seems like the 26-year-old will begin the year with Triple-A Sacramento.
Garcia, Rivera and Stephen Vogt had been competing in spring training for the backup role at catcher behind long-time starter Buster Posey. Though Vogt still remains on the spring roster, he's returning from offseason shoulder surgery and has a history of concussions, making it unlikely that he'll break camp with the big club. So long as Posey stays healthy, Garcia doesn't project to make more than three starts in a given week, which puts a significant cap on his fantasy upside.
Garcia went 2-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBI in Sunday's split-squad loss to the Athletics.
Garcia's solo blast off of Blake Treinen was the catcher's second long ball this spring. The 26-year-old is currently competing against Rene Rivera and Stephen Vogt for the Giants' backup catcher job. Garcia's early power and strong results in the majors last September (.286/.308/.492 over 65 plate appearances) give him an early lead in the race.
Garcia went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to San Diego.
Garcia was the lone bright spot for the Giants' offense Wednesday, delivering his fourth homer through 54 plate appearances this season. The 25-year-old also drew his first walk in the majors. Garcia's start came behind the dish, but the catcher has been seeing the majority of playing time down the stretch at first base.
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|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||81||324||43||88||20||1||17||65||15||73||0||0||.314||.497||.272|