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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Washington Nationals – Middle Infield

During the 2017-2018 offseason, we here at LOD are putting together a different kind of prospect list than you’re used to seeing. As opposed to typical prospect rankings, we are going position by position to give you the names to look out for in the upcoming season. Keep checking back to see if your favorite player makes our 2018 Top Prospect Team. You can view previous team previews by Clicking Here.

Washington Nationals

Middle Infield – Luis Garcia – 2017 Team: GCL Nationals (Rookie)

2017 Statistics: .302/.330/.387, .717 OPS, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 11 SB
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Garcia is a promising young infielder that was signed out of the Dominican Republic in the Nationals loaded 2016 signing class. The left handed hitter is highly touted for his raw athleticism, especially his speed. Still just 17, Garcia has a very “mature” approach at the plate and shows a knack for barreling balls. With his ability to make consistent contact, there is reason to believe Garcia will eventually grow into more power, making him a solid all around player.

Garcia turned 17 just a month and a half before his first professional season in 2017. He started out slow at the plate, but really turned things on down the stretch, especially in the last month of the rookie league season. He had a .231/.270/.278 slash line entering August 3rd, and finished August at .302/.330/.387. He also stole six of his 11 bases over that last month. Garcia also played very solid defense while splitting time at short and second where he made four errors in 173 chances while showing great range on both sides of the infield.

Garcia has a high ground ball rate and will need to continue working to elevate his swing. However, he does spread the ball around the field well as over 38% of his batted balls went to the opposite field, more than any other area on the diamond. Garcia has the raw tools and should definitely be on your prospect radar, especially as he grows and gets around some solid coaches.

Jake Berry
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