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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