Back to the Future – #10 Robel Garcia

We will be counting down the the Indians top ten prospects going into the 2012 season every Friday. There is not a lot of information on these players, especially for those in the lower levels, but hey, we will do our best.

 

10. Robel Garcia, INF

DOB: 3/28/93
Height/Weight: 6-0/168
Bats/Throws: S/R
Drafted/Signed: 2010, Dominican Republic
2011 Stats (AVE/OBP/SLG): .284/.371/.544 at Rookie (45 G)
Tools Profile: His bat stands out, but his other tools are solid.

Garcia is an 18-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic with an unexpectedly nice glove and a good feel for hitting. According to scouts, Garcia’s glove stands out. In one youtube video I saw of him in instructional league in 2010, one of which saw him dive glove-side for a ball in the left-side hole, pocket the ball, find his feet, acquire a quick grip on the ball, and fire a strong, accurate throw to first to get a baserunner that obviously could run very well. It was an advanced play from a prospect who appears to have some polish and projection. Garcia is thrill at the plate—his performance was uneventful—but I liked his swing and overall approach to hitting. I would need to see more plate appearances to offer specifics, but I heard and saw enough to know Garcia has the tools to hit.

Year in Review: Garcia is yet another impressive young infielder who put up big numbers in the complex league.

The Good: Indians officials see Garcia as an under-the-radar player among their bounty of youthful infielders. He has a mature approach at the plate, and a high-leverage swing that gives him the potential for 50/55-grade power down the road. He’s an average runner once he gets going, and has a plus arm.
The Bad: Garcia lacks the athleticism to be a big-league shortstop. It depends on how he develops, but he should work well at second or third. He can get power-conscious at times, as opposed to focusing on hard contact, which leads to too many strikeouts.
Cool Fact: Garcia was born is Las Matas de Farfan, a city of less than 40,000 people just east of the country’s border with Haiti, that has already produced five big-leaguers.
Projection: He could be an offense-oriented infielder.
Fantasy Impact: He’s a long way from the big leagues, but he could turn into an infielder with a lot of offense.
Path to the Majors: Garcia’s full-season debut will probably have to wait, as he’s expected to play in the New York-Penn League this summer

ETA: 2016

 

You can see Garcia perform for yourself at the video below…

 

*Most scouting reports courtesy of Indians Prospect Insider and Kevin Goldstien.

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike continues to write about the game he loves most-- baseball. He also writes about his two other passions, leadership and media, at mikemelaragno.com . From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently is an assistant baseball coach at St. John High School in Ashtabula, OH.

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