In my current estimation - albeit before minor league camp has even opened - Scruggs is the only first baseman penciled onto Memphis' tentative roster to open the season. If Garcia takes to the position this spring, he might become the primary reserve at the position for the 2014 Redbirds, in addition to his regular duties elsewhere on the infield.
Garcia's ultimate destination may be the infield reserve spot in St. Louis currently held by Daniel Descalso. If so, having the additional experience at first base could only help. However, with both Descalso and Pete Kozma potentially ahead of him, Garcia's time may not come until later in 2014.
Garcia can help his case by a strong big league camp. In the 2013 Grapefruit League, the left-handed hitter was one of the Cardinals' final cuts with strong defensive play despite a Florida line of .214/.313/.250 in 19 games with St. Louis.
With Memphis last season, Garcia shook off some nagging early injuries to finish strongly. His August line was .368/.471/.529 and earned him TCN's nod as August Player of the Month for the system. It capped off a .271/.377/.384 campaign overall. He was added to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Coming into 2014, the California native is The Cardinal Nation's 20th-ranked prospect in St. Louis' system.
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