2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team: OF Avisail Garcia

Detroit Tigers Prospect Outfielder Avisail Garcia photo:James R. Chipman

The Detroit Tigers Minor League affiliates seasons are now officially in the books. With another season completed, the time has come for me to announce the 2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team.

In an effort to reward less talked about prospects, only players that did not receive a call-up to Detroit this season were eligible. While you may recognize some of the names, remember these awards aren’t a pronouncement of the Tigers top prospects. The awards were based heavily upon the best overall statistical season per position.

Similar to previous years, the breakdown of the roster will consist of one player per position, a designated hitter, five starting pitchers and five relievers.

2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team: OF Avisail Garcia

TEAMS: Advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers

STATS: 488 AB, .264/.297/.389/.686

16 doubles, 6 triple, 11 home runs, 56 RBI, 14 SB, 18 BB and 132 SO

BACKGROUND:

The Detroit Tigers signed then 16-year-old Avisail Garcia out of Venezuela back in 2007. Garcia began his tenure as a Tiger in 2008 in the Venezuelan League. The legitimate five tool talent hit a respectable .298 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 31 RBI. After just one season in the Venezuelan Summer League the Tigers made the extremely aggressive decision to send him to the Midwest league in 2009 at just 18-years-old. That season Garcia posted a pedestrian .264/.289/.324/.613 slash line for the Whitecaps. In 2010, the Tigers had Garcia repeat Class-A West Michigan. Although the numbers still weren’t through the roof, they were much improved. Garcia improved his batting average, on-base-percentage and slugging-percentage and also posted a career high 63 RBI. Now 20-years-old, the 6’4″, 240 pound right-handed outfielder began yet another aggressive assignment, this time for Advanced-A Lakeland.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS: 

TigsTown may have said it best:  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.” 

Garcia has a plus arm and plus speed both on the bases and in the outfield. It was an absolute treat watching him patrol right field last season in Advanced-A Lakeland. His size suggests that the power will eventually come around too. The biggest hurdle for Garcia though remains his approach at the plate. He has consistently struck out at around a 25% clip and he rarely walks. So naturally he must reduce the strikeouts and find a way to get on base more. That task will likely be the key to his future with the Tigers. Still, his defense, speed and raw power will make up for his atrocious hacking at the plate.

FUTURE:

Realistically, Garcia could just as easily wash out as he could blossom into the next superstar. The majority of the hype is wrapped up in his age and raw abilities. In all fairness, those previous two sentences can be said about pretty much every prospect though. Garcia has the raw stuff to develop into a household name. Like most young prospects, hard work and dedication will be the keys to his future.

I wish the Tigers would let him repeat Advanced-A Lakeland but I have a feeling that similar to Francisco Martinez they’ll continue to challenge him and hope for the best. He would be still be young for another year in Advanced-A Lakeland but I believe he begins the 2012 campaign in AA-Erie.

Congratulations to Avisail Garcia for an outstanding season.

 

2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Stars

C Rob Brantly

3B Nick Castellanos  

SS Gustavo Nunez

2B Brandon Douglas

1B Jordan Lennerton

OF Danry Vasquez 

 

Next Up: OF

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Topics: 2011 Down On The Farm All-Stars, Avisail Garcia, Down On The Farm, Lakeland Flying Tigers

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  • ChrisHannum

    Good lord what a preposterous TigsTown scouting analogy. How about: “Imagine Miguel Cabrera; now imagine him without the incredible natural hitting ability or batting eye”. You’d think that at some point people would realize that hitting in baseball is actually a little more like golf than football, and nobody thinks they can spot a great golfer in the weight room or on the track.

    • MCBjohnverburg

      @ChrisHannum I agree. I like Garcia, you see flashes of brilliance when you watch him play, however if we want to throw out comps, Garcia reminds me physically like Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, as well as his offensive approach around the same age. Garcia may be a late bloomer like Cruz.

    • JAYRC_MCB

      @ChrisHannum Wow, take it easy bro. I believe the quote was pretty much spot on. They are both in fact Venezuelan and they actually resemble one another a bit. In a perfect world, if everything clicks Garcia would in fact make that statement true. A prospect is essentially a prospect though. These guys are work in progress Chris.

      Like Vasquez, Garcia is raw talent. Nobody is saying that Garcia WILL be on Cabreras level. The tools and similarities are there though. Yes the strikeouts are a major issue. Trust me, ive actually watched the kid play. He is definitly a high cieling low floor prospect though. The tools will continue to keep Garcia on my list though.

      • ChrisHannum

        @JAYRC_MCB When he was 20, Miguel Cabrera hit .365 in AA. Just sayin’.