Prospect # 15 - OF Jonathan Garcia

At an age that most 17-year-olds are playing American Legion Baseball, Jonathan Garcia was roaming the outfield for the Arizona League Dodgers and banging the ball to all fields. Signed out of Luis Munoz Marin High School in Puerto Rico, the precocious youngster has drawn a good deal of attention to himself.

The precocious young man, the ninth player drafted by the Dodgers, came with the reputation of being able to pound the ball very long distances during batting practice but one who could not take that talent into the games.

Baseball America reported, "In February, he put on a show in batting practice, hitting light-tower home runs, then looked awful against live pitching, swinging and missing at everything. He wasn't good at the Excellence Tournament, either."

Then they added, "He's naturally strong, hustles and plays the game the right way. He's also a tough player who doesn't wear batting gloves and will run through a wall in the outfield."

But he didn't have any problems taking his bp success into the regular game in the Arizona Rookie League, finishing with a .304/.363/.862 line with 16 doubles (fourth in the league). three home runs and 21 runs batted in over only 138 times at bat. He hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, hitting .371.

"He's a little raw right now but if he can utilize his talents we will have a pretty good player," Logan White says.

He's very aggressive at the plate and the ball jumps off his bat. He has power to all fields, unusual for one so young, and is expected to get stronger.

He played some center field but may be a bit too slow for that position. However, his strong throwing arm would seem to make him a natural in right.

He won the Dodger Pride Award in August. "Jonathan Garcia batted .354 (23-for-65) with eight doubles, a homer, and 10 RBI in 18 August games. ...the 18-year-old had a 15-game hitting streak from August 2-24, batting .393 (22-for-56) with eight doubles, a homer, and eight RBI in that span."

He was ninth among Dodgers short season teams in average, seventh in slugging (.500), eighth in OPS, fifth in doubles and tied for fourth in triples. He was rated the 20th best prospect in the league.

"He's a hard-working kid," Dodgers manager Jeff Carter said. "He wants to learn and has fun playing the game.

OF JONATHAN GARCIA
B-T: R-R 5-11 175
Born- November 11, 1991 in Juana Diaz, P.R.

year	team      ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
2009	AZ Rook  .304 .362 .862  41  138  22  42  16  1  3  21  4
 

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