Greg Garcia
Greg Garcia
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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On base thrice in loss
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 3, 2018
Garcia went 2-for-4 with two RBI from a run-scoring infield single and a groundout while also logging a stolen base in an extra-inning loss to the Reds on Sunday.
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Garcia's multi-hit effort was his first since Aug. 12, and it snapped a 3-for-27 slump that had encompassed his previous 12 games. The valued utility man's recent struggles helped knock his average down as low as .217, its lowest point since May 8. Despite Sunday's success, he remains a marginal fantasy asset as a result of his generally pedestrian season line (.224/.306/.312).
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+122%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+40%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .506 118 10 2 7 2 .167 .261 .245
Since 2016vs Right .729 634 65 6 45 4 .267 .376 .353
2018vs Left .617 25 4 2 3 1 .167 .200 .417
2018vs Right .602 180 11 1 12 2 .226 .318 .284
2017vs Left .342 46 1 0 0 1 .086 .256 .086
2017vs Right .758 244 26 2 20 1 .282 .384 .374
2016vs Left .577 47 5 0 4 0 .233 .298 .279
2016vs Right .806 210 28 3 13 1 .287 .414 .392
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .642 365 31 1 26 3 .246 .350 .292
Since 2016Away .742 387 44 7 26 3 .255 .365 .377
2018Home .477 107 5 0 10 1 .191 .264 .213
2018Away .747 98 10 3 5 2 .247 .347 .400
2017Home .717 148 14 1 9 1 .269 .389 .328
2017Away .676 142 13 1 11 1 .238 .340 .336
2016Home .708 110 12 0 7 1 .272 .382 .326
2016Away .803 147 21 3 10 0 .279 .401 .402
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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.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
18.0%
 
BABIP
.255
 
ISO
.084
 
AVG
.218
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.302
 
OPS
.606
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Gets fourth start in six games
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 2, 2018
Garcia will start at second base and hit eighth Sunday against the Reds.
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Timely double in win
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
August 13, 2018
Garcia went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in a win over the Royals on Sunday.
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Contributes solo homer in win
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
July 21, 2018
Garcia went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a blowout win over the Cubs on Friday.
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Producing at plate in June
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 21, 2018
Garcia, who went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, is hitting .333 over his first 18 plate appearances of June.
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Ropes double in spot start
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
June 11, 2018
Garcia went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.
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