Name: Dermis Garcia
Position: Third Base
DOB: January 7, 1998
Batting and Power. Garcia is all about the power potential. It grades out as a plus tool as he can already hit the ball out of any part of the ball park as a teenager, and do so with a loose, easy swing. In fact, given his extreme youth, size, and 'now' power, it stands to reason that it could be a plus-plus tool during his peak years down the road. He isn't just a mere slugger either. He has extremely quick hands through the zone, giving him plus bat speed, and he has relatively advanced plate discipline and patience for somebody so young; he isn't one to take wild hacks out of the zone too often, a trait pretty common for most teenage hitters. As strong as he is, however, he does need to fight the temptation of trying too hard to club the ball in an attempt to maximize his power. He has the ability to stay short and use the whole field but it isn't a consistent approach just yet at the beginning of his career.
Base Running and Speed. Garcia has some decent wheels for a slugger of his rather large size, enough to perhaps be a mild stolen base threat in the early part of his minor league career. However, as big as he is and as projectable as his frame is, the smart money says he will slow down over the ensuing years as he continues to fill out. Long-term he doesn't project to be much of a runner, if at all.
Defense. Garcia's quicker feet despite his large size does give him the chance to turn himself into a solid defender at third base long-term. He has plus arm strength in his corner and, a former amateur shortstop, he has surprising athleticism too. He even has soft hands. What he doesn't have is a whole lot of experience playing third base so it will take some time to learn the nuances of the position and as already mentioned the soon to be 18-year old probably isn't done growing yet either. He could easily out-grow the position physically down the road but has the kind of arm strength to be a plug-and-play right fielder should that happen. He most likely will be an average at best defender at either position, one who won't be a standout but won't be a liability either. Keeping up his agility will be huge in the coming years.
Projection. With just 69 career at-bats thus far Garcia is all about the projection at this point. As one can imagine, given his dearth of playing time and extreme youth he still has a lot to work on short-term, the most important of which is getting and staying healthy. His debut season was pretty much a wash as he battled a nagging back injury all season long and he needs the development time to improve his athleticism and agility, and hone in on a consistent offensive approach at the plate. There are zero question marks about his potentially special power and that's a huge feather in his cap so for now it's mostly about becoming more of a hit-first guy. Should he be able to do that there are some legitimate comparisons to current Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano as more of a plus offensive player at the position who could be a real threat in the heart of a big league batting order than a standout defender.
ETA. N/A. Garcia's lost debut season health-wise has him destined for the rookie levels again in 2016. A strong performance in Extended Spring Training though could have him make a small jump to short-season Pulaski for his second season.