The White Sox need to deal Avisail Garcia before it’s too late. The big Venezuelan finished his fourth year in the majors and it seems he’s already peaked.
Garcia’s first spell in the big leagues, along with his 6’4”-240lb frame, showed he had great potential to be an elite hitter. He drew a lot of comparisons to Miguel Cabrera. Garcia hit .319 in 23 games during his rookie season and .283 in 70 games the following year.
Now, Garcia has played at least 120 games in the past two seasons with not much success at the plate. His 2015 split was .257 AVG/13 HR/59 RBI with 141 strikeouts, but this was his first full season as a starter. With a full season of experience and the potential he showed in previous years, 2016 was supposed to a breakout year.
His 2016 split was .245 AVG/12 HR/51 RBI with 115 strikeouts. Although he played almost 30 less games in 2016, there was no significant improvement in any area. One can even argue there hasn’t any significant improvements in any season but rather a small decline.
Garcia is 25 and still has some value because he showed a lot of potential at the beginning of his career. However, another season like 2016 could see Garcia’s value plummet to the point of being untradeable.