With Rios gone, Garcia gets his chance
August, 9, 2013
By Doug Padilla
AP Images/Brian Westerholt/Four Seam ImagesAvisail Garcia should get plenty of playing time with the White Sox now that Alex Rios has been traded.CHICAGO -- The future is now for the Chicago White Sox, who called up outfielder Avisail from Triple-A Charlotte and plan to make him their everyday outfielder until the end of the season.
The White Sox didn't want to call up Garcia until there was a spot for him in the regular lineup and Friday's trade of Alex Rios to the Texas Rangers afforded them that option.
Garcia was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the July 30 three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox.
"He's a multi-talented athletic kid who is very aware of what finishing touches need to be made to his game and he's going to get the opportunity to do that in Chicago," general manager Rick Hahn said of Garcia. "It can be bittersweet at times. When you see a player of Alex's talent walk out the door and you understand it's been our underperformance that led to necessitate a move like that. At the same time, (we're about to see) a player who could be a very big part of our future and that's a reason for some excitement."
Garcia was en route from Charlotte with the expectation that he would be available for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
Primarily a corner outfielder who has played some center field of late, Garcia made a splash in the major leagues last season as a late season call-up. He performed so well that he was included on the Tigers' postseason roster.
Garcia batted .319 with a .373 on-base percentage in 23 games down the stretch with the Tigers, but did not have an extra-base hit. In the playoffs, he appeared in 12 games batting .261 with a .320 on-base percentage and a .304 slugging percentage.
He has spent most of this season at Triple-A, but did play in 30 games with the Tigers, hitting two home runs with 10 RBIs.
Garcia was impressive in his short stay at Charlotte, collecting 10 hits in 27 at-bats (.370) over eight games. He had a home run and nine RBIs.