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Robel Garcia

Robel Garcia

2B | B/T: S/R | 6' 0" 168 | Age: 26
Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 80 72 8 15 5 11 0 .208 .275 .500 .775
1 Season 80 72 8 15 5 11 0 .208 .275 .500 .775
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .208 5 11 0 .775
1 Season .208 5 11 0 .775

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 CHC NL 31 80 72 8 15 2 2 5 11 7 35 0 0 0 .208 .275 .500 .775
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 CHC NL 80 36 36 0 1 .303 9 2 12 330 4.13 .438 .063 .200 .292 .292 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 40

The most unlikely big leaguer of 2019, Garcia originally signed with the Indians out of the Dominican Republic in 2010 and got released four years later. He married an Italian woman and spent three years playing in Italy before coming to Arizona with its national team to face instructional league clubs from MLB organizations last fall. The Cubs saw him homer off Reds right-hander Hunter Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, and signed him in October. He raked in Minor League spring training, then in Double-A and Triple-A to earn a call to the Majors, where he homered in two of his first three starts.

A switch-hitter, Garcia has plenty of bat speed and an extremely aggressive approach, a combination that produces exit velocities and strikeout rates worthy of Joey Gallo. Whether his surprising production is sustainable with that all-or-nothing mentality remains to be seen. He has no trouble catching up to velocity but will have to prove he can handle offspeed pitches at the big league level.

Garcia has solid arm strength, though his below-average speed limits his defensive value. He's capable of playing an average third base and is adequate at second base, where he has seen most of his action with Chicago. He has spent time at all four infield positions as well this season.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 330 38 6 15.8 88.5 21.0 .184 .411 .316 .282 .468 42.1 43.8 8.8
ALL 330 38 6 15.8 88.5 21.0 .184 .411 .316 .282 .468 42.1 43.8 8.8
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/12/2019 2B Robel Garcia assigned to Aguilas Cibaenas.
09/01/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled 2B Robel Garcia from Iowa Cubs.
08/01/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned 2B Robel Garcia to Iowa Cubs.
07/03/2019 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Robel Garcia from Iowa Cubs.
05/09/2019 2B Robel Garcia assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
04/15/2019 Tennessee Smokies activated 2B Robel Garcia from the 7-day injured list.
04/01/2019 2B Robel Garcia assigned to Tennessee Smokies.
10/31/2018 Chicago Cubs signed free agent SS Robel Garcia to a minor league contract.
03/28/2014 Mahoning Valley Scrappers released 3B Robel Garcia.
03/15/2014 3B Robel Garcia assigned to Cleveland Indians.
05/08/2013 3B Robel Garcia assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Lake County Captains.
03/31/2013 Robel Garcia assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/22/2012 Robel Garcia assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Lake County Captains.
04/02/2012 Robel Garcia assigned to Lake County Captains from AZL Indians.
06/21/2010 Robel Garcia assigned to AZL Indians from Cleveland Indians.
06/20/2010 Cleveland Indians signed free agent SS Robel Garcia to a minor league contract.