2015 is Avisail Garcia’s much anticipated breakout season.
We had a feeling it was going to happen. Now we know it is. After missing most of the 2014 campaign with a shoulder injury, Garcia went back to work during the offseason, preparing himself for 2015. He reported to Spring Training lighter and healthier according to reports such as this one on March 29 from Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune.
"“Garcia was extremely happy to come in this spring about 15 pounds lighter — back roughly to his listed weight of 240 pounds, the product of a healthier diet, he said — and believes he has seen the results already in Cactus League games. He thinks he is faster in the field and on the bases, and he experiences less soreness in his legs because they are bearing less weight.”"
Garcia has collected five hits in five regular season games, compiling an early .333/.444/.467 slash line, per MLB.com.
Having him protect Abreu with a hot bat will be invaluable as the season progresses. Garcia’s defense has been equally as impressive the first week. He made a shoe-string grab on an Omar Infante line drive against the Royals and gunned down the Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia as he attempted to stretch a single into a double on Friday.
When September rolls around and Garcia’s carrying the offense with Abreu, remember this:
Indeed it does, Chris, indeed it does.
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