Avisail Garcia will ride the best start of his career straight to the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami. The right fielder is the lone representative for the White Sox.
Avisail Garcia will represent the Chicago White Sox in the MLB All-Star Game on July 11. The 26 -year-old will be a reserve and the lone representative from the organization. This was someone who people thought wouldn’t be on the team this season. Garica, however, has silenced his critics in a big way. He’s having the best season of his career.
After struggling last season, he’s been an offensive threat for most of 2017. He’s hitting .318 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs. And that’s only through half the season. His previous career highs were 13 home runs and 59 RBIs. He should easily eclipse those numbers this season.
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I don’t think anyone really saw this coming. The potential was always there but we had never really seen it come together until this season. Now, we are seeing it in a big way. Making the All-Star team is great retribution for the youngster. Many felt his days were numbered but the White Sox were willing to give him another chance.
Rick Renteria deserves all the credit in the world. He said earlier on in the offseason his plan was to give Garcia a shot in right field. He wanted to play him in right field because he felt he hit better if he was playing the field. So far that has worked extremely well. Renteria definitely found a way to get the most out of his slugger. And hopefully this will continue.
If he keeps this up the White Sox will have a decision to make at the end of the season. He has two seasons of arbitration coming up. So it will be interesting to see if the White Sox play it year by year or maybe look to lock him up long term. With Garcia’s youth, it’s possible he could have a lot of good baseball in his future. It all depends on if Rick Hahn views him as a long-term piece or someone his team can use in the short term until all of their other talent develops.