There's something to be said about players with Major League bloodlines like Garcia, whose father (also a middle infielder named Luis) reached the Major Leagues with the Tigers in 1999. Signed for $1.3 million by the Nationals after he had ranked No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top 30 international prospects for the 2016-17 signing period, Garcia made the jump stateside the next year for his pro debut. Challenged by the Nationals with a full-season assignment at age 18 in 2018, he made relatively quick work of the Class A South Atlantic League and then performed well as the Carolina League's youngest player after a July promotion. Along the way, Garcia suited up for the World team as the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game's youngest player.
Garcia has a knack for making good contact across the entire field using a quick, hands-y swing from the left side of the plate. His hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel translate to plus bat-to-ball skills, and it's easy to envision Garcia hitting for more power as he continues to add strength and understand his swing. He's lost a step since signing, but still has at least above-average speed and is lauded as a smart baserunner.
A sure-handed shortstop with quick feet and clean actions, Garcia anticipates well and has enough range to make all the routine plays, with plus arm strength that's a fit anywhere on the infield. His remaining physical projection leads some scouts to believe he's best suited long term for second base, and he saw time both there and at the hot corner in 2018. His offensive profile might be also fit best at the keystone, though the Nationals will continue to develop him as a shortstop.
SS Luis Garcia assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
SS Luis Garcia assigned to Harrisburg Senators from Potomac Nationals.
Washington Nationals invited non-roster SS Luis Garcia to spring training.
Potomac Nationals activated SS Luis Garcia from the temporarily inactive list.
Potomac Nationals placed 3B Luis Garcia on the temporarily inactive list.
3B Luis Garcia assigned to Potomac Nationals from Hagerstown Suns.
3B Luis Garcia assigned to Hagerstown Suns from GCL Nationals.
2B Luis Garcia assigned to Washington Nationals.
2B Luis Garcia assigned to GCL Nationals.
Washington Nationals signed free agent SS Luis Garcia to a minor league contract.