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Washington Nationals

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April 4, 2020 01:16 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Draws praise for work ethic
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia spent the spring working on his hitting mechanics to use his lower half more and drive the ball, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports. "That's how we started it the first day," Nationals minor-league hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich said this week. "We went in there and compared him [to Juan Soto's swing], because he loves Juan obviously. So we threw him up there next to Juan and he could see the difference in how Juan uses his lower half compared to how [Garcia] uses his lower half. He focused hard on this."

The organization's No. 2 fantasy prospect, Garcia's outstanding hit tool and strong defensive work have carried him through the minors so far, but he'll need to become a bigger offensive threat if he's going to realize his full potential. Gingrich expects him to put it all together, though. "Because he trusts his hands so much, a lot times, his lower half will shut down and it will just be a handsy swing," Gingrich said of the 19-year-old. "We are trying to get his legs involved more, to be more connected with his hands to be able to drive the ball a little bit more. So once he's able to get his legs and hands working connected, he's going to start driving balls. He's very athletic and he's very handsy. With him, we are just trying to get him fully rotated with his backside through the baseball. Once that happens, holy cow, this kid is pretty special." A breakout campaign at the plate in the upper minors this season could put Garcia on track to break into the Nats' starting lineup in 2021.

March 1, 2020 07:32 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Growing into power
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia launched his first home run of the spring in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

The Nats' No. 2 fantasy prospect won't turn 20 years old until mid-May, but he already has a season at Double-A under his belt, though Garcia was far from dominant as the Eastern League's youngest hitter by more than a full year in 2019. His prospect status thus far has been carried by his projectability, but he reported to camp noticeably larger and could be ready to start turning his upside into actual production. "Man, he's growing," Nats manager Dave Martinez said before Saturday's game. "I saw this little, skinny kid when I first got here that everybody talked about. Now, man, he's just filling out, just big." Garcia isn't expected to make his big-league debut this summer, but if he adds some pop and plate discipline to his advanced hit tool, he could accelerate the organization's timetable for him.

February 13, 2020 10:08 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: To join major-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 31, 2019 12:16 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Stuck in slump for Harrisburg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 29, 2019 10:12 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Finally clicking at Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 19, 2019 12:32 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Heating up for Harrisburg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday.

The teenager understandably had a shaky start to his first season in the high minors, but Garcia made some quick adjustments and had four multi-hit performances in his last nine games, boosting his slash line to .264/.273/.283. Now the Nats' top fantasy prospect after Victor Robles lost his rookie status, Garcia is still a month away from his 19th birthday, so even though only one of his hits so far (a double) has gone for extra bases and his 1:11 BB:K is poor, if he can just hold his own in the Eastern League against much older competition, it will be an impressive feat.

April 2, 2019 12:36 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Sent to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 13, 2019 12:48 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Headed to minors camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 12, 2019 10:24 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Turns heads Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in Sunday's 6-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros.

Set to turn 19 years old in May, Garcia is the only 18-year-old in attendance at a big-league camp this spring. He was unsurprisingly quiet over his first 15 at-bats in the Grapefruit League with only three hits, but he busted out in a big way Sunday. The shortstop laid down a perfect drag bunt in his first plate appearance that he legged out for an infield single and drove home runs on his other two base hits on the day. Garcia will likely report to minor-league camp within the next week and should open the upcoming season at Double-A Harrisburg or High-A Potomac.

March 1, 2019 10:20 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Impressing brass at first camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia hasn't looked out of place in his first big-league spring training, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

While the Nats have been careful to downplay any notion that Garcia might ascend through the system as rapidly as Juan Soto did last year, the club has been impressed with the 19-year-old shortstop's maturity, poise and instincts. "He doesn't sweat the small stuff," Johnny DiPuglia, the Nationals' vice president of international operations, said. "The slumps don't bother him because he knows he'll get out of it. He's going to help you defensively, around the bases. He's a very high baseball IQ kid, probably the highest IQ kid we've had here... because he knows the little parts of the game, the locker room part, the bus part, the failure part, the success part, being a good teammate." Garcia, the No. 18 fantasy prospect in baseball, could get an aggressive assignment to Double-A Harrisburg to begin the season after slashing .299/.338/.412 in 49 games for High-A Potomac in 2018.

February 12, 2019 08:44 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Earns invite to big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia was invited to the Nationals' major-league camp Tuesday.

Garcia has no real shot at making the Opening Day roster, as he's still just 18 years old and hasn't played above High-A, but that won't stop the Nationals from getting a look at the exciting youngster, who posted a combined .298/.336/.406 slash line with seven homers and 12 stolen bases in 127 games between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac in 2018. Garcia will likely open the 2019 campaign back with Potomac or with Double-A Harrisburg.

August 8, 2018 05:00 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Stays hot at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 3-for-5 with one run, four RBI and a steal in Tuesday's game for High-A Potomac.

Garcia turned 18 in mid-May, so the fact that he's even at High-A is incredibly impressive. He is now hitting .313/.339/.438 in 119 plate appearances in the Carolina League -- good for a 117 wRC+. Garcia will unlock more power as he continues to mature and he is at least an above-average runner, so he should chip in double-digit steals early in his big-league career. However, the big selling point is the hit tool, which is looking like one of the best in the minors. He may be assigned to Double-A next year before he turns 19.

July 5, 2018 11:08 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Moves up to High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia was promoted to High-A Potomac on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his Carolina League debut.

Garcia moved up a rung on the minor-league ladder after slashing .294/.334/.398 with eight stolen bases and a 20:49 BB:K over 323 plate appearances. It's not eye-popping production, but the fact that Garcia merely held his own offensively as an 18-year-old in the South Atlantic League while playing an up-the-middle spot is reason enough to get excited about his long-term potential. He's likely to make his biggest fantasy impact in the steals or batting average categories, but his six-foot, 190-pound frame offers some power projection, too.

July 2, 2018 11:12 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Four hits Sunday at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Low-A Hagerstown in Sunday's win over West Virginia.

The 18-year-old continues to put together some very impressive numbers, hitting .364 (32-for-88) over his last 23 games with 12 multi-hit performances, but the most exciting development for Garcia might be the emergence of some power to go along with his speed and contact skills -- five of his last 12 hits have been doubles, and he has a .159 ISO over that 23-game stretch, well above last season's .085 mark in rookie ball. The shortstop continues to rise up the prospect rankings, and he could be knocking on the door of a spot in the top 50 by season's end.

May 26, 2018 02:32 PM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Locked in at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI for Low-A Hagerstown in Friday's win over Greensboro.

The Nats' No. 4 fantasy prospect just turned 18 on May 16 and he's been celebrating in style, posting a phenomenal .405/.422/.595 slash line over his last 11 games. Garcia is still a long way from the majors, but his performance this year in full-season ball has been impressive given his age, while his speed and hit tools give him plenty of fantasy promise if and when he gets to the Show.

April 13, 2018 11:08 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Four hits Thursday at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Low-A Hagerstown in Thursday's extra-inning loss to Greensboro.

The shortstop was 0-for-11 through his first four games of the season, but he seems to be acclimating quickly to the level and has gone 8-for-18 since then, although all the hits have been singles. Garcia won't turn 18 for another month, so any success he has at the plate in Low-A is impressive, and while his glove remains his calling card as a prospect, his speed and hit tool still give him some future fantasy appeal in deeper dynasty leagues.

April 5, 2018 11:28 AM
Nationals' Luis Garcia: Beginning season in Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garcia will begin the season with Low-A Hagerstown, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.

The Nats' No. 5 fantasy prospect put together a strong performance last season as a 17-year-old in rookie ball, slashing .302/.330/.387 with 11 steals in 13 attempts. Garcia will be paired with Yasel Antuna at Hagerstown, and the duo will likely stick together through the lower levels of the minors as the club's double-play combo of the future.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/190
Birthdate:
5/16/2000
Age:
20
Hometown:
New York, NY
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Team:
Washington Nationals
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