Tigers Prospect Profile #12: Avisail Garcia

Garcia spent all of 2010 in West Michigan

Imagine Miguel Cabrera; now imagine him with burning speed and a trimmed up physique - that's what you've got when you see Avisail Garcia. Can he translate that impressive athletic composition into becoming a top flight baseball player?

Avisail Garcia
Position:Outfielder
Height: 6-4
Weight: 230
Born: 6/12/1991
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Background
An unheralded signing on July 6, 2007, Garcia was a player the Tigers targeted from the opening of the international signing period. Signed for a relatively modest bonus, Garcia wouldn't make his pro debut until the 2008 season.

Starting in the VSL as a 17-year old in 2008, Garcia wasted no time putting his wealth of talents on display. In his first pro exposure, the young outfielder posted a very strong .298/.342/.449 line backed by 12 doubles, two triples and seven home runs in 63 games.

The Tigers quickly brought Garcia stateside for the 2009 season and he promptly wowed the staff with an amazing performance in extended spring training. When an opportunity presented to send him to West Michigan, the Tigers didn't hesitate, despite the fact he was just 18 years old. Garcia played in 81 games for the ‘Caps and posted a .264/.289/.324 line as one of the youngest regulars in the league.

The Tigers returned Garcia to the Midwest League in 2010 and he was yet again one of the youngest players in the league. Playing in 125 games this time around, Garcia improved his overall performance to include a .281/.313/.356 line. In addition to that line, Garcia also swiped 20 bases in 24 attempts.

Scouting Report
There isn't much Garcia can't do on the baseball field. He is the best outfield defender in the Tigers' system, highlighted by exceptional instincts. He reads the ball very well off the bat resulting in excellent jumps, and his routes are nearly always flawless. He compliments his defense with a plus arm that profiles very well in right field.

Garcia is a massive individual with a chiseled physique. He has an MLB body already and just needs to learn to utilize his strength more to accentuate his offensive game. Garcia has a potential plus hit tool. He makes easy contact which can work against him at times. He has yet to learn to recognize pitches effectively, and he is prone to chasing pitches outside of the strike zone.

Because of his willingness to swing a lot, Garcia's raw power doesn't always translate to games. He can put on impressive displays in batting practice, with a powerful stroke that generates hard line drives to all fields. The back end of his swing doesn't have much loft, but that may still come for him.

In addition to his hitting and defensive abilities, Garcia is also a plus runner that can use his speed in all facets of the game. He has quickly learned how to read pitches and knows the situations where he can take an extra base.

Garcia has a tremendous amount of all around potential, with some scouts seeing a player that could have all five tools rate as at least above-average at some point down the line. He isn't there yet however, and he will have to improve his approach to fully tap into his power. Garcia has 20-20 potential if everything comes together and he has the ceiling of a true championship caliber player.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

A

West Mich.

494

.281

17

4

63

113

20

.313

.356


Health Record
Garcia has been healthy in each of his three pro seasons. He is a hard worker that remains in excellent shape.

The Future
Slated for High-A Lakeland as a 20-year old in 2011, Garcia could be poised for a massive breakout season. His overall package of tools is nearly unmatched in the organization, and some within the organization believe he really started to see things click last fall.

The Tigers haven't been shy in promoting Garcia in the past, and it shouldn't be expected that they will suddenly steer away from pushing him in 2011. If he hits well at High-A in the season's first half, there is a chance he could see Double-A this summer. Whether he reaches that level this year or not, Garcia is probably on a 2013 timetable for Detroit.

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