Player to watch – OF Avisail Garcia
Mar 27, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) hits in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
The most important player to the White Sox success this season is Garcia. The team is banking on the fact that he is fully healthy for the first time and hoping that it stays that way.
Last season, Garcia only played 46 games and hit just .244/.305/.413 with seven homers and 29 RBIs. This season, he will follow Abreu and LaRoche hitting fifth in the order and must be effective as a run producer.
Because he has not been healthy for any long period of time with the White Sox, it is hard to gauge the kind of numbers he is capable of putting up.
When he was with the Detroit Tigers, he was given the nickname “Mini Miggy” because of his physical resemblance to Miguel Cabrera. In seven seasons in the minors, he has never hit more than 14 in a year and has never drawn more than 20 walks. Those two numbers are far from Cabrera-like and need to rise in 2015.
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