Leury Garcia
Leury Garcia
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After injuries limited him to fewer than 90 games in both 2017 and 2018, Garcia appeared in a career-high 140 contests and hit .279 in 618 plate appearances in 2019. He opened the season as the White Sox's starting center fielder and spent most of his time hitting atop the order despite an abysmal walk rate (3.4%), which resulted in a team-high 93 runs. While Garcia swiped a career-high 15 bases, he failed to hit double-digit home runs (8) even with the uptick in opportunities, as his power was essentially non-existent (2.5% barrels/PA, .099 ISO). The majority of Garcia's appearances came in the outfield, though he also made a handful of starts around the infield (16 at shortstop, two at third base and one at second). Garcia's versatility coupled with his below-average bat (83 wRC+) make him best suited for a utility role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox in February of 2020 that includes a team option for 2021.
Expected starter at second
OFChicago White Sox
March 19, 2020
Garcia is the likely starter at second base, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Garcia may be the present at second base, but prospect Nick Madrigal is the future. And that future is expected to happen at some point in 2020. In the meantime, Danny Mendick, who was also in the mix at second base, is expected to be the primary utility infielder.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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#5
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84
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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50
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+22%
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 .764 374 46 4 36 6 .314 .344 .420
Since 2017vs Right .670 845 111 17 69 29 .257 .295 .376
2019vs Left .786 196 30 3 14 4 .311 .344 .443
2019vs Right .642 422 63 5 26 11 .264 .294 .348
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
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .756 571 80 13 61 24 .292 .324 .431
Since 2017Away .650 648 77 8 44 11 .260 .297 .353
2019Home .752 291 46 6 21 10 .293 .331 .421
2019Away .632 327 47 2 19 5 .267 .291 .341
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 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
0.15
 
BB Rate
3.4%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.099
 
AVG
.279
 
OBP
.310
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.688
 
wOBA
.304
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.6%
 
Barrels/PA
2.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Bats ninth in spring opener
OFChicago White Sox
February 24, 2020
Garcia started at second base and batted ninth in Sunday's Cactus League opener. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
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Adds team option to contract
OFChicago White Sox
February 22, 2020
Garcia agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox on Saturday that includes a club option for 2021.
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In leadoff mix
OFChicago White Sox
January 24, 2020
Garcia is a candidate to start the season as the White Sox's leadoff hitter, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Gets over $3 million
OFChicago White Sox
January 10, 2020
Garcia agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
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Not starting Sunday
OFChicago White Sox
September 29, 2019
Garcia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
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