The native of Carolina, Puerto Rico was selected by the Cardinals from San Juan Educational School in the 18th round of the 2009 draft. He played in 2009 and 2010 with the rookie-level GCL Cardinals and the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals in 2010 and 2011.
Garcia was the Midwest League Player of the Week for the period of June 18-24. He started the second half with a 16-game hitting streak, tied for fourth in the Midwest League this season. Garcia was The Cardinal Nation's 22nd ranked prospect prior to the 2012 season.
Walsh was both The Cardinal Nation and Cardinals organization's Minor League Player of the Month in May. In his third season with Quad Cities, Walsh has been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.
Considered a utility player but with a plan to focus on second base in the future, Walsh has started 33 games in left field, 19 at second base, two at third base and 36 games as a designated hitter.
A native of La Jolla, California and graduate of Stanford University, Walsh is in his third season in the Cardinals organization. He played for rookie-level Johnson City, short-season Batavia and Quad Cities in 2010 and again with the 2011 Midwest League Champions.
Walsh started as the Western Division designated hitter in the Midwest League All-Star Game June 19. Other Bandits selected as mid-season all-stars were pitcher Heath Wyatt, catcher Juan Castillo and infielder Luis Mateo.
Garcia and Walsh are the first River Bandits postseason All-Stars since first baseman Matt Adams was selected in 2010. Prior to Adams, the last postseason All-Stars for Quad Cities were catcher Bryan Anderson and designated hitter Randy Roth in 2006. Left-handed reliever Kevin Ool was a postseason All-Star in 2005, the first season the club was a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate.
The 2012 team was selected by votes from the 16 Midwest League team managers.
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