Leury Garcia
Leury Garcia
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million contract with the White Sox in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Drives in 32nd run
OFChicago White Sox
September 28, 2018
Garcia went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout in the first game of Friday's twin bill against the Twins.
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Garcia plated Chicago's only run of the ballgame in the third inning on an infield single. He's gone 2-for-11 with the lone RBI and a walk through four games since returning from the disabled list. With three games remaining in the season, Garcia is slashing .276/.307/.382 through 81 contests.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+114%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .705 195 17 1 22 2 .304 .330 .375
Since 2016vs Right .703 456 53 13 48 20 .251 .296 .408
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
2016vs Left .353 17 1 0 0 0 .176 .176 .176
2016vs Right .755 33 5 1 5 2 .258 .303 .452
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .754 305 38 8 43 15 .284 .311 .443
Since 2016Away .658 346 32 6 27 7 .252 .301 .356
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
2016Home .698 25 4 1 3 1 .208 .240 .458
2016Away .530 25 2 0 2 1 .250 .280 .250
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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
0.13
 
BB Rate
3.3%
 
K Rate
25.1%
 
BABIP
.355
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.271
 
OBP
.303
 
SLG
.376
 
OPS
.679
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 from DL
OFChicago White Sox
September 22, 2018
Garcia (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Saturday's game against the Cubs, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Takes batting practice
OFChicago White Sox
Hamstring
September 9, 2018
Garcia (hamstring) took light batting practice Saturday, David Just of the Chicago Sun-TImes reports.
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Out 3-to-6 weeks
OFChicago White Sox
Hamstring
August 21, 2018
Garcia is dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will be sidelined for 3-to-6 weeks as a result.
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Sent to DL
OFChicago White Sox
Hamstring
August 21, 2018
Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left hamstring strain.
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Exits with hamstring strain
OFChicago White Sox
Hamstring
August 20, 2018
Garcia left Monday's game against the Twins with a left hamstring strain and will be evaluated Tuesday in Chicago.
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