Leury Garcia
Leury Garcia
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Garcia broke camp with the White Sox in a utility role, but knee and hamstring injuries limited him to fewer than 90 games for a second consecutive season. When healthy, the switch hitter primarily played outfield and slashed .271/.303/.376 with four homers and a career-best 12 stolen bases (13 attempts) in 275 plate appearances. His plate discipline could still use some work (25.1 K%, 3.3 BB%), but Garcia possesses a modest combination of power and (more so) speed that could be useful in AL-only formats if an injury opens the door for regular playing time. Garcia is expected to reprise his utility role to begin 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the White Sox in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Collects first homer
OFChicago White Sox
April 16, 2019
Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and three strikeouts Tuesday against the Royals.
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Garcia took Jorge Lopez deep in the fifth inning to record his first home run of the season. He has been the team's primary leadoff hitter, and has taken advantage by racking up 12 runs and four stolen bases. Though power isn't likely to be a big part of his game, he should continue to be a source of speed and runs so long as he remains atop the team's order.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .746 194 21 1 24 3 .317 .342 .404
Since 2017vs Right .693 482 55 13 48 21 .251 .296 .397
2019vs Left .813 16 5 0 2 1 .313 .313 .500
2019vs Right .651 59 7 1 5 3 .255 .305 .345
2018vs Left .794 84 7 1 12 1 .333 .349 .444
2018vs Right .627 191 16 3 20 11 .243 .282 .345
2017vs Left .689 94 9 0 10 1 .302 .341 .349
2017vs Right .759 232 32 9 23 7 .257 .306 .453
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .759 318 39 8 44 16 .288 .321 .438
Since 2017Away .663 358 37 6 28 8 .255 .299 .364
2019Home .754 38 5 1 4 2 .265 .342 .412
2019Away .622 37 7 0 3 2 .270 .270 .351
2018Home .709 143 13 2 19 9 .294 .319 .390
2018Away .645 132 10 2 13 3 .246 .285 .361
2017Home .812 137 21 5 21 5 .287 .316 .496
2017Away .684 189 20 4 12 3 .257 .316 .368
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Stat Review
How does Leury 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
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
28.0%
 
BABIP
.367
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.268
 
OBP
.307
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.687
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A strong spring, defensive versatility and an injury to Charlie Tilson paved the way for Garcia to break camp with the White Sox. After Jacob May struggled early, Garcia took over in center field, slashing 298/.345/.459 until landing on the disabled list with a sprained left finger in mid-June. Garcia returned in late July, playing regularly until September 1 when he was felled by another hand injury, this time a sprained thumb, ending the season at .270/.316/.423 as regression inevitably kicked in. For the season, Garcia was a disappointing 8-for-13 as a base stealer, since he was known more for speed than pop. Chances are, if Garcia hadn’t gotten hurt, his slide would have continued, as his .321 BABIP was not supported by a hard hit rate well below league average. Long-term, Garcia profiles as a reserve, able to handle all three outfield spots plus middle infield. In 2018, he may start in the outfield by default, rendering him an asset in AL-only.
Garcia's 2016 season was very similar to his 2015 showing, albeit with some small improvements. After nearly cracking the Opening Day roster, the super-utility player spent the bulk of the year with Triple-A Charlotte, improving his slash line from the year prior. He even posted a career-high seven percent walk rate while continuing to strike out less than 20 percent of the time. This performance earned him another September callup, and although his .229 batting line seems less than impressive, the reality is that he performed well enough on the defensive side of things that he managed to garner a sizable amount of playing time at the end of the season. That being said, until Garcia can consistently hit at the major league level, he will likely remain merely a utility player.
Garcia spent the majority of 2014 in a utility role for the White Sox, but he spent nearly all of 2015 in the same role for Triple-A Charlotte where he played every position except first base and catcher. At the plate, Garcia remains a weak-contact, low-strikeout batter with a stolen-base prowess that has yet to translate to the majors. He should contend for a utility role in camp, but it is more than likely he spends a good amount of time back at Charlotte.
Garcia broke camp as a utility player and filled that role for the entire season. He wound up playing every position except catcher and first base, but his lack of a viable bat prevented him from seeing extended playing time, even when regulars went down with injury. His best tool for fantasy purposes is his speed, but he will need to get on base more frequently to make it useable. Garcia will compete for a utility role in spring training, with the opportunity to see more time at second if he can bring the bat around.
Garcia made the Rangers' Opening Day roster, but he quickly got crowded out once Jurickson Profar arrived and Ian Kinsler got healthy. Hence, it was no surprise he was the main piece sent to the White Sox to acquire Alex Rios. He spent the season's final six weeks as a utility player, frequently served as a defensive sub in the infield and outfield. Garcia's defense and wheels are by far his best tools, and it is unclear if he will ever hit well enough to use that second tool, but the defense alone could earn him a reserve role on the Sox in 2014, while his chances of seeing a more prominent role may hinge on the presence of Alexei Ramirez.
Garcia is largely overshadowed by uber-prospect Jurickson Profar in the Texas system, and for good reason, but Garcia possesses major-league ready defense at a premium position and could be attractive trade bait if nothing else. Generously listed at 5-foot-7, Garcia's offense will be severely limited, but his slash-and-dash approach, combined with his glove, should get him a job as a utility infielder at the very least. He didn't have the bat knocked out of his hands at Double-A Frisco, racking up 12 doubles and 11 triples in 100 games, though he fanned 79 times. If he can learn to use his speed effectively from the batters box, there's a light-hitting, slick-fielding, stolen-base threat for a second division club needing a shortstop. It just won't be with Texas.
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Returns to lineup
OFChicago White Sox
April 9, 2019
Garcia started in right field and went 3-for-4 in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Rays.
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Benched for series finale
OFChicago White Sox
April 7, 2019
Garcia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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Posts first four-hit game
OFChicago White Sox
April 3, 2019
Garcia went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base in an 8-3 victory against the Indians on Wednesday.
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Sitting out Monday
OFChicago White Sox
April 1, 2019
Garcia is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Indians, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Hot spring leads to starting job
OFChicago White Sox
March 29, 2019
Manager Rick Renteria confirmed Garcia's hot spring was the reason he started in center field ahead of Adam Engel on Opening Day, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Garcia went 1-for-4 with a run scored as the White Sox's leadoff hitter in Thursday's loss to the Royals.
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