Greg Garcia
Greg Garcia
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries across the Cardinals' infield allowed Garcia to appear in 114 games in 2018, but he struggled mightily in his opportunities. He produced his worst batting average and slugging percentage since 2014 (when he made just 18 plate appearances), as well as his worst on-base percentage in the majors. However, his strikeout rate was pretty low and his walk rate was good. His .259 BABIP suggests bad luck may have played a part in his struggles. Nevertheless, his low power output and limited playing time cap his fantasy utility. Even after a move to the Padres during the offseason, it doesn't seem like Garcia will be anything more than a reserve/utility player. There aren't many reasons to roster the 29-year-old outside of NL-only formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year $910,000 contract with the Padres in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Posts four hits, four RBI in win
2BSan Diego Padres
June 17, 2019
Garcia went 4-for-5 with two triples, four RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 14-13 win over the Rockies.
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Garcia started three of the Padres' four games at Coors Field, tallying five hits while scoring four runs in the offense-packed series. Fernando Tatis' recent return from the 10-day injured list has complicated Garcia's playing-time outlook, but the 29-year-old's performance Sunday might be enough to earn him more work at the keystone at the expense of Ian Kinsler. Both Garcia and Kinsler's fortunes could soon take a turn for the worse, however, as middle-infield prospect Luis Urias is building a strong case for a promotion from Triple-A El Paso.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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25
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4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+74%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+339%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+122%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .415 82 5 2 4 2 .114 .215 .200
Since 2017vs Right .723 584 65 5 49 3 .263 .361 .361
2019vs Left .182 11 0 0 1 0 .091 .091 .091
2019vs Right .799 157 28 2 17 0 .274 .369 .430
2018vs Left .617 25 4 2 3 1 .167 .200 .417
2018vs Right .611 183 11 1 12 2 .229 .324 .287
2017vs Left .342 46 1 0 0 1 .086 .256 .086
2017vs Right .758 244 26 2 20 1 .282 .384 .374
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .626 339 30 1 24 2 .238 .329 .297
Since 2017Away .747 327 40 6 29 3 .252 .359 .388
2019Home .643 83 11 0 5 0 .237 .301 .342
2019Away .871 85 17 2 13 0 .286 .400 .471
2018Home .492 108 5 0 10 1 .200 .271 .221
2018Away .745 100 10 3 5 2 .244 .350 .395
2017Home .717 148 14 1 9 1 .269 .389 .328
2017Away .676 142 13 1 11 1 .238 .340 .336
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Stat Review
How does Greg Garcia compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.55
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
22.6%
 
BABIP
.336
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.351
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.755
 
wOBA
.335
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garcia provided adequate performance for the Cardinals in 290 plate appearances as a utility infielder. The 28-year-old posted a .253/.365/.332 slash line, good for a respectable 94 wRC+. He's strictly a platoon player, hitting .282 against righties and .086 against lefties last year. If he continues to avoid lefties, he could provide some value in deeper settings, though the fact that his best skill is his 13.2 percent career walk rate hurts his value in non-OBP leagues. At his age, he's probably reached his ceiling as a part-time player, and he's blocked by better players around the infield, but his ability to fill in across the diamond should keep him in a major-league role next season. Garcia has just seven homers and three steals in 295 career games at the big-league level.
Garcia played all over the infield last season, seeing time at shortstop, second base and the hot corner over the course of the year. In total, he logged 257 plate appearances, nearly three times as many as he had in 2015. Garcia may very well see less time on the field in 2017, as most of his playing time last season was a product of the myriad of injuries to those ahead of him on the depth chart. The 27-year-old brings essentially no power to the table, and he doesn't have the speed to capitalize on his decent on-base skills. Garcia's best chance at regular playing time would be in a platoon role at second base, but Kolten Wong should get the first chance at holding down that job alongside Jedd Gyorko.
Garcia saw 75 at-bats for the Cardinals as a utility infielder for the big league club, similar to the role he played with Triple-A Memphis, though he sees most of his time at shortstop when in the minors. Jhonny Peralta has been fairly durable and it would have been unlikely that Garcia would see anything more than a bench role in 2016, but after the acquisition of Jedd Gyorko to serve as the utility infielder, Garcia will have a very hard time even making the 25-man roster out of spring training. He is a solid defender but probably won't offer a ton with the bat as he's a career .282/.382/.393 hitter in six minor league seasons. Garcia is generally pretty solid on the bases and if he were in a full-time role could probably collect double-digit steals as he'll likely draw enough walks to get on base a fair amount of the time.
Garcia saw just 14 at-bats for the Cardinals in 2014, serving as a bat off the bench and not much else. He'll probably return to Triple-A Memphis for the Cardinals as a utility infielder in 2015.
Garcia's contract was purchased by the Cardinals in November to protect the 24-year-old shortstop from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He's a career .281/.386/.384 minor league hitter with some speed and doubles power. He'll likely serve the Cardinals as a utility infielder and organizational depth, but Garcia could find a way to more consistent playing time if Jhonny Peralta has any injury problems as Pete Kozma has proved ineffective.
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Heads to bench
2BSan Diego Padres
May 29, 2019
Garcia is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
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Leading off Monday
2BSan Diego Padres
May 27, 2019
Garcia will start at third base and hit atop the order Monday against the Yankees.
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Two hits against Blue Jays
2BSan Diego Padres
May 25, 2019
Garcia went 2-for-5 with a double, a run, an RBI and a walk in the Padres' 19-4 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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Out of lineup
2BSan Diego Padres
May 21, 2019
Garcia is not starting Tuesday against Arizona.
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Will sit again Saturday
2BSan Diego Padres
May 18, 2019
Garcia will remain on the bench Saturday against the Pirates.
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