Scouting Report: SS/2B Emmanuel Garcia

The New York Mets signed infielder Emmanuel Garcia as an undrafted free agent in September of 2004. Garcia won the Sterling Awards as the GCL Mets' top player in his first professional season after finishing first in the league in hits and third in batting average. Here's a scouting report on Emmanuel Garcia.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Emmanuel Garcia
Position: Shortstop/Second Base
DOB: March 4, 1986
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

A persistent leadoff hitter who plays a very good defensive shortstop, Emmanuel Garcia raced off to an impressive start with the Gulf Coast Mets in 2005.

The speedster from Montreal, Canada proved he was more than capable of handling the back fields of the Mets' training complex, batting .339 with two home runs and 30 RBI in 45 games for Gary Carter's club, stealing 17 bases in 18 attempts.

The promising 19-year-old even made it into two September games with the St. Lucie Mets, stroking hits in both contests.

One National League scout noted this summer that Garcia had a propensity for delivering hits in the clutch, and over the course of his 186 at-bat career, the numbers hold the claim up.

Garcia batted .355 with runners in scoring position and .370 with runners aboard against GCL pitching. He finished the year tied for fifth in the league in RBI, generally unheard of for a leadoff hitter.

"He reminds me of a young Omar Vizquel type, at least offensively," the N.L. scout said. "He's not going to beat you with the long ball, but he's going to battle you every step of the way. You always like to see a young player fight the way he does at the plate. I really am intrigued by his speed too."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2005

St. Lucie

.222

9

2

0

0

1

0

0

2

.222

.333

2005

Gulf Coast

.339

186

63

2

30

43

17

21

36

.412

.409



Batting and Power. Emmanuel Garcia has a very mature approach at the plate despite his lack of experience. He's a very patient hitter that is very adept at going to the opposite field on outside pitches. A sweet-swing lefty, Garcia has a little pop in his bat. What has the Mets excited is his ability to hit left-handed pitching as well as he does right-handed pitching, a trait not very common among young players. Though very early in his development, he has proven to be quite the clutch hitter.

Base Running and Speed. A little tall for a middle infielder, Garcia has some nice wheels. Has has above average speed and he's a very good base stealer. He successfully stole 17 bases in 18 attempts and while he might not be the game changer of a Jose Reyes on the base paths, Garcia's speed is a definite plus.

Defense. Blessed with a solid offensive game, Garcia's defense at shortstop needs some work. Despite being very athletic, Garcia has just average range at the shortstop position and his arm isn't the greatest. It is those reasons that the Mets have tried him more at second base, a position Garcia projects to see more of as he continues to develop in the Mets' system.

Projection. Despite an advanced approach at the plate for the lower minor league levels, some scouts have questioned whether or not it will translate into the same type of success at the higher levels. With the presence of Jose Coronado, Sean Henry, and Hector Pellot at the lower levels, Garcia is going to have a hard time fighting for playing time as he continues to progress. Until he gets some more seasoning, Garcia projects to be more of a quality backup middle infielder someday, cut in the same cloth as Chris Basak as a player who could contribute in a few key role areas.

ETA. 2010. With a few better options at the middle infield spots, Garcia is most likely destined for Extended Spring Training to begin the 2006 season with a possible trip to Brooklyn, or more likely Kingsport, once the short-season leagues open up. As good a season as he had in 2005, Garcia still has an uphill climb ahead of him.

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

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\r\nPosition: Shortstop/Second Base
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\r\nWeight: 180
\r\nBats: Left
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\r\nA persistent leadoff hitter who plays a very good defensive shortstop, Emmanuel Garcia raced off to an impressive start with the Gulf Coast Mets in 2005.
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\r\nThe speedster from Montreal, Canada proved he was more than capable of handling the back fields of the Mets' training complex, batting .339 with two home runs and 30 RBI in 45 games for Gary Carter's club, stealing 17 bases in 18 attempts.
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\r\nThe promising 19-year-old even made it into two September games with the St. Lucie Mets, stroking hits in both contests.
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\r\nOne National League scout noted this summer that Garcia had a propensity for delivering hits in the clutch, and over the course of his 186 at-bat career, the numbers hold the claim up.
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\r\nGarcia batted .355 with runners in scoring position and .370 with runners aboard against GCL pitching. He finished the year tied for fifth in the league in RBI, generally unheard of for a leadoff hitter.
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\r\n\"He reminds me of a young Omar Vizquel type, at least offensively,\" the N.L. scout said. \"He's not going to beat you with the long ball, but he's going to battle you every step of the way. You always like to see a young player fight the way he does at the plate. I really am intrigued by his speed too.\"
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\r\nBatting and Power. Emmanuel Garcia has a very mature approach at the plate despite his lack of experience. He's a very patient hitter that is very adept at going to the opposite field on outside pitches. A sweet-swing lefty, Garcia has a little pop in his bat. What has the Mets excited is his ability to hit left-handed pitching as well as he does right-handed pitching, a trait not very common among young players. Though very early in his development, he has proven to be quite the clutch hitter.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed. A little tall for a middle infielder, Garcia has some nice wheels. Has has above average speed and he's a very good base stealer. He successfully stole 17 bases in 18 attempts and while he might not be the game changer of a Jose Reyes on the base paths, Garcia's speed is a definite plus.
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\r\nDefense. Blessed with a solid offensive game, Garcia's defense at shortstop needs some work. Despite being very athletic, Garcia has just average range at the shortstop position and his arm isn't the greatest. It is those reasons that the Mets have tried him more at second base, a position Garcia projects to see more of as he continues to develop in the Mets' system.
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\r\nProjection. Despite an advanced approach at the plate for the lower minor league levels, some scouts have questioned whether or not it will translate into the same type of success at the higher levels. With the presence of Jose Coronado, Sean Henry, and Hector Pellot at the lower levels, Garcia is going to have a hard time fighting for playing time as he continues to progress. Until he gets some more seasoning, Garcia projects to be more of a quality backup middle infielder someday, cut in the same cloth as Chris Basak as a player who could contribute in a few key role areas.
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\r\nETA. 2010. With a few better options at the middle infield spots, Garcia is most likely destined for Extended Spring Training to begin the 2006 season with a possible trip to Brooklyn, or more likely Kingsport, once the short-season leagues open up. As good a season as he had in 2005, Garcia still has an uphill climb ahead of him.
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