A sixth-round pick in 2016, Bryan Garcia made quick work of hitters at Single-A West Michigan, Advanced-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie before ending 2017 with Toledo.
He struck out 27 of the 59 batters he faced with the Whitecaps, allowing just 12 hits, five earned runs and four walks in 14.1 innings pitched.
The hard throwing right-hander then proceeded to Lakeland, where he didn’t allow a run in 8.2 innings before jumping to Erie.
In 18.2 frames with the SeaWolves, Garcia allowed just the two earned runs while striking out 24.
His stats with Toledo weren’t as impressive (13.1 innings, 12 strikeouts, eight walks, six earned runs, one home run), but the reliever continued to miss bats.
This is all purely speculative, but Garcia could very well be on the Opening Day roster with an impressive Spring Training.
Another player who joined Toledo later in the year, Greiner notched just 17 plate appearances with the Mud Hens.
Despite the lack of Triple-A experience, he seems like the obvious to step in as Detroit’s third catcher now that John Hicks has replaced Alex Avila as an occasional compliment and deputy to James McCann
Capable of playing both second base and third base, Eaves has mashed to the tune of a .200 ISO in each of the last two campaigns with Double-A Erie.
There will obviously be a step up in competition, but potential middle infielders with power don’t exactly grow on trees.
The Detroit Tigers could have something here.