Now, let's look at overall offensive production in a number of key categories.
Third baseman Hector Garcia started off the 2009 season on a slow note, but when the right-handed hitter got his game together, he was explosive. As can be seen in the chart above, Garcia led the 2009 VSL Cardinals in several meaningful categories. The 19-year-old might not have brought the speed, but he could drive the ball and push runners across the plate.
Roberto Perez was a contender, but he slipped as the season went on as he either hit a slump or just was walked so much he lost his groove.
Congratulations to the 2009 Scout.com Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Position Player/Hitter of the Year Hector Garcia.
Garcia played in 63 games batting .314 (72-for-229) with a .378 OBP, .450 SLG, and .872 OPS. He had 16 doubles, five home runs, 36 RBIs, 103 total bases, 27 runs, 17 walks, and two stolen bases. Garcia was hit by a pitch seven times, caught stealing once, struck out 32 times (14% of the time), grounded into six double plays, committed 12 errors, and assisted in eight double plays. He played 58 games at third base, three as designated hitter, one at first base, and one between both first and third.
The Cardinals' June 29, 2007 signing started the 2009 season off very slowly and went on a hitting spree to end the year. Garcia had 20 multi-hit games, including four with three hits, four consecutive multi-hit games from June 22 through June 24, and a pair of three straight multi-hit games coming between July 11 and 13 and again from July 20 through 26.
The 19-year old right-handed hitter had six multi-RBI games, driving in three twice. He had an 11-game hit streak running from June 14 through June 26 when he went 18-for-42 (.429) and also had an on-base streak that ran for 17 games from June 28 through July 17. One of his best games was on June 23 when he went 3-for-6 with one home run, two RBIs, and scored two runs.
Garcia could be looking at getting some time in at extended spring training in 2010. He had a slow rookie season in 2007 but has hit extremely well the last two seasons. He has improved hitting-wise and also in the field and will be a monster if he is returned to VSL in 2010.
Notes: Like the details on Garcia above, you can read individual capsules on each of the club's starting position players in our recent four-part series recapping the 2009 VSL Cardinals season.
Link to our entire series of Scout.com Cardinals Players of the Year representing the top relievers, starters and position players across the entire system.
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