Chances are, if one was to ask who was the Kansas City Royals minor league leader in stolen bases last season, one would likely answer Terrance Gore. Instead, the correct answer is Carlos Garcia, a switch hitting second baseman who split his time between the Lexington Legends and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
In his 113 games last season, Garcia hit at a respectable .268/.346/.360 rate, stealing 42 bases while hitting 15 doubles and eight triples. Garcia also showed a solid batting eye and an ability to make contact, drawing 47 walks while striking out 78 times.
Not only does Garcia fit the Royals offensive philosophy of putting pressure on opposing defenses, but he could also be a part of the solution at second base in a couple of years. Since Frank White retired following the 1990 season, the Royals have had 14 different players as their primary second baseman, and only Carlos Febles had that role for more than three seasons. Garcia, should he continue to develop, could put an end to that revolving door.
Chances are, Garcia will begin the 2016 season in Wilmington once again. If he performs well again this year, he could be knocking on the door for a major league job by the end of 2017.
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