2002 Scouting Report: 2B, Danny Garcia

The Mets drafted second baseman Daniel Garcia out of Pepperdine University on the 5th round of the June 2001 free agent draft. Garcia converted from center field to second in the 2000 Alaska Summer Baseball League because he doesn't project to have enough power to be a starting outfielder. He already is a very solid defensive player despite limited experience. Garcia is an advanced player who could move quickly through the system.

Garcia developed experience with wooden bat in two summer leagues. Garcia is an accomplished bunter, hit and runs well, runs the bases well, can steal a base, and will break up double plays. He will draw enough walks to be a prototypical #2 hitter.

Garcia's ratios strongly suggests a good adjustment to the Florida State League: stolen base success rate of 70.4% (11 of 15), 1.2 BB per 10 AB; and 1.7 K per 10 AB. His plate discipline (K:BB) is a solid 1.52. He's shown excellent gap power with 29 extra-base hits.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

St. Lucie

.259

382

99

3

43

56

12

43

66

.353

.372

2001

Cap City

.301

103

31

2

16

25

7

15

18

.409

.495

2001

Brooklyn

.321

56

18

1

6

10

3

4

10

.387

.411


*Stats as of 08/10/02.

Batting and Power. Garcia handles the bat very well, and can drive the ball to all fields. He should hit for a solid average and have 8-10 home run power. His solid build limits his projection.

Base running and speed. Garcia is an aggressive, hard-nosed base runner with good speed. He has the ability to steal a base.

Defense. A good defensive player at 2B.

Projection. Solid starter. Ability to play 3B, SS, CF and LF allows him to break in as an outstanding utility player.

ETA: Sometime during 2004.

Second Basemen Team
Brian Shipp AA - Binghamton Mets
David Bacani A - Capital City Bombers
Blake Whealy A- Brooklyn Cyclones
Joseph Jiannetti A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jesus Linares R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


While second base is not a strength of the organization, the team has developed some depth. The conversion of Jiannetti provides the Mets with a high ceiling prospect. Additionally, shortstops like Rob McIntyre and Chris Basak might eventually be shifted to 2B.

1. Brian Shipp plays excellent defense and may be the top defender. He has some power but needs to make more consistent contact.

2. Joseph Jiannetti, a hard-nosed player projects to 18-22 HR from a middle infield position. He should in time become a good defensively at 2B.

3. David Bacani is a hard-nosed player.

4. Linares has some interesting ratios at Kingsport.



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