Leury Garcia has played in Tim Anderson’s shortstop spot in the past.
Leury Garica is known for his versatility as a utility man. Tim Anderson’s injury now gives Tony La Russa another reason to insert one of his favorite players into the lineup on a daily basis.
Garcia has played 79 games at short during his eleven years in the big leagues. He owns a .966 fielding percentage which is the second-lowest out of the six different positions he plays. Mendick is a much better option defensively.
However, while many fans may roll their eyes, out of all the internal options Garcia may be the best. He owns a .255 lifetime batting average and maybe their best option offensively.
That’s not saying much considering he is batting .191 at the moment. But Garcia has a tendency to hit for average in his career. He has batted .270 or higher four times in his life, each of those coming within the past six seasons. Last year, he batted .267 but came up with some huge hits for the White Sox.
Garcia hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in August then came up with a huge home run to give the White Sox the lead in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Garica is one of the fastest players in baseball. When he gets on base he is a threat to do some damage which makes him valuable. He can pick up the pace offensively as he has in years past then the White Sox can tread water with Garica.