Cardinals 2013 spring interview: Greg Garcia

The organization's hot middle infielder discusses his 2012 as well as his first Major League camp.

It is not clear exactly when it happened, but Pete Kozma is not the only St. Louis Cardinals organization shortstop to have apparently passed Ryan Jackson on the internal depth chart late last season. So has Greg Garcia.

What had already become obvious by their spring training game usage by manager Mike Matheny was seemingly confirmed midway through camp. Jackson was optioned out to Triple-A Memphis while Garcia remained with St. Louis until the final cuts in big league camp. Jackson was recalled when David Freese was injured because he had the advantage of already being on the 40-man roster.

The 23-year-old Garcia appears ready to play a major role in Memphis to start the season. Garcia will be working with his long-time teammate and double-play partner Kolten Wong and will be in some type of job sharing arrangement with Jackson once the latter returns to Triple-A. Given their potential role with St. Louis, both shortstops may be moved around the Redbirds infield to other positions as well.

Garcia receives high marks from coaches for his approach to the game. In looking at comparative numbers from 2012, Garcia's offensive stats at Springfield were just as good or perhaps even better than those of the more-celebrated Wong. Garcia has shown an especially impressive ability to get on base and has demonstrated proficiency against left-handed pitchers.

In the exclusive audio interview that follows, Garcia speaks about his past, his 2012 success, his experiences in his first major league spring training camp, and what we might see ahead in 2013.


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