White Sox 2017 All-Star picking up where he left off last season with a very strong spring training. The young outfielder had a multi-hit game on Saturday.
Avisail Garcia endured a lot of mediocrity in his early tenure with the Chicago White Sox. After failing to live up to his potential, Garcia figured to be out of the team’s future plans when they started their rebuild in late 2016.
However, Garcia put together his best season in the Majors last year and was selected to his first All-Star Game. With just a two weeks left in spring training, Garcia has carried over his success from 2017 into camp this year. Through 13 games, Garcia is hitting .390 with a .634 slugging percentage and three extra-base hits.
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The 26-year-old right fielder has only struck out more than two times with three or more at-bats in a game this spring twice. Garcia had success as the number two hitter in the White Sox lineup on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the Sox 5-2 win over Los Angeles, Garcia went 3-for-4 and had an RBI double.
With Opening Day approaching soon, Garcia’s strong start to spring training could bode well for the White Sox. Although success in the spring isn’t guaranteed to carry over into the regular season, Garcia is showing that 2017 could have been the start of his career revival. Garcia is still young enough to fit into the future plans of this organization, and he could very well work his way into a long-term extension.
The White Sox were waiting for Garcia to show promise at the plate since acquiring him in 2013. It should be noted that many fans were clamoring for the team to trade him when he struggled, but the Sox patience in Garcia was rewarded last year. Their patience could again prove to be beneficial this upcoming season as well. If Garcia can have another strong season in the Majors, expect him to once again be an All-Star for the White Sox.