Garcia Hard at Work to Provide Production

Every year each Major League team hopes to land the next top arm or big bat in the game. In the Detroit Tigers search to find such a player, the team might have "struck gold" in finding their next big bat when the club signed Avisail Garcia in 2007.

Since 2007, Avisail Garcia has been someone capable of crushing the ball, but hasn't always been able to translate that batting practice power into games. The young outfielder has however had an uncanny ability to put the ball in play, having never hit below .260 at any level, and this season has begun to combine that with the big league power potential. This year between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, Garcia is hitting .298 with 35 extra base hits for a slugging percentage of .452. With numbers like these, Garcia is often looked at as the next big bat within the Tigers organization and expressed how he felt about those expectations.

"It makes me feel happy but at the same time I know I have to work hard at my hitting. I have to work hard to see the ball better and use my intelligence [when it comes to hitting]".

Since transferring to Erie, Garcia has greatly contributed to the SeaWolves struggling offense. With Erie, the Venezuela native is hitting above .300 and has an on-base percentage above .340. Along with posting great numbers for the SeaWolves, the move to Erie has been a great learning experience for Garcia. "I am just trying to have fun and not trying to do too much. I just try to make contact with the ball and enjoy the game and it works. That is hard to do though, sometimes when you try to do something for the team and it doesn't work you can't get mad and you have to go on and move on."

While being an offensive power for Erie, Garcia is also a very well rounded outfielder. He has a natural ability to read the ball well off the bat and takes great routes to the ball. He also packs a strong arm with a quick release mixed with good accuracy.

Mixing his explosive offensive power with good defensive skills makes for a potentially great player but Garcia knows it takes more than naturally ability to get to where he wants to go. "[In this upcoming offseason] I want to continue to work hard, 100 percent of the time. I also want to spend some time with my family but I know I have to keep working hard every day to get there."

While having a hard work ethic to be the best player he can, Garcia also strives to help out his team in any way that he can. Whether it is providing offense or helping out the pitcher by playing solid defense he wants them team to succeed. "Whatever they [the team] need, if its base running, defense, hitting, little things like that you have to do to help the team win, I will."

As Garcia grows and matures as a player within the Tigers organization his buzz continues to increase. The mild mannered 21-year old is flattered by the attention and notoriety he is receiving but keeps his goals in perspective. When asked about playing the majors, Garcia paused with a big grin on his face and simply said, "It would be amazing."

Avisail Garcia is a one of those rare players who is grateful for and humbled by his natural abilities. He continues to make a name for himself in a big way within the minor leagues and is proud of his accomplishments thus far but has every intention of reaching his ultimate goal of playing in the Major Leagues.


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