Willy Garcia
Willy Garcia
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Garcia was one of two former Pittsburgh prospects brought in by the White Sox for an opportunity to play in Chicago last season. He turned in 25 in September, but his debut as a replacement-level player did little to bolster his chances of getting another long look in 2018. His splits against left-handed pitching may steer him toward a small-side platoon role to begin the season, as he hit southpaws at a .250/.341/.444 clip (.786 OPS) while hitting just .232/.286/.377 (.663 OPS) against righties. In addition to the occasional success against lefties, Garcia showed the ability to draw walks after joining the White Sox, taking more free passes at Triple-A and in the big leagues than he did throughout his time in Pittsburgh. Most likely, he'll serve as a bench outfielder for the White Sox, if he's not sent back to Triple-A Charlotte to begin the season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in February of 2017. Released by the White Sox in March of 2018.
Released by White Sox
OFFree Agent  
Wrist
March 9, 2018
Garcia (wrist) was released by the White Sox on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Garcia has been dealing with wrist soreness over the past few weeks, and recently began a wrist strengthening program in order to get back into game shape. He will now start looking for a new home after being let go by Chicago as the club begins cutting down the roster for Opening Day. In 2017, Garcia hit .238/.305/.400 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 44 games. Even if he's able to latch on with another organization in the near future, Garcia may head to Triple-A to begin the 2018 campaign.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .786 41 7 2 3 0 .250 .341 .444
Since 2016vs Right .663 78 8 0 9 0 .232 .286 .377
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .786 41 7 2 3 0 .250 .341 .444
2017vs Right .663 78 8 0 9 0 .232 .286 .377
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .747 56 10 1 6 0 .245 .339 .408
Since 2016Away .667 63 5 1 6 0 .232 .274 .393
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .747 56 10 1 6 0 .245 .339 .408
2017Away .667 63 5 1 6 0 .232 .274 .393
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Despite a rocket arm and a power bat, Garcia has seen his career stall out at the Triple-A level. The 24-year-old has put up back-to-back seasons hitting .246 and .245, respectively, for the Indianapolis Indians. He's compiled a 43:207 BB:K in those two seasons and unless he improves his plate discipline, it's unlikely he'll hit enough to make an impact in the majors. Garcia also suffered a power outage in 2016, totaling six homers in 499 plate appearances. He hit between 10-18 home runs in his each of his previous four seasons. Blessed with one of the best outfield arms in the organization, Garcia has a chance to become a backup outfielder.
The 23-year-old has poked at least 15 homers in each of his last four minor-league seasons. What he’s got in power, however, he lacks in plate discipline. Garcia posted a combined .275/.314/.431 slash line split between Double-A and Triple-A but struggled at the higher level — his OPS fell from .794 to .704. In addition, his 123:23 K:BB ratio was actually his best in three years. Pittsburgh is bereft of power at the upper levels, guaranteeing Garcia will get an elongated opportunity to prove himself (and likely increase whatever trade value he offers), but the odds are against the all-or-nothing slugger.
Garcia, 22, is a power-hitting outfield prospect who has averaged 17 home runs and 143 strikeouts over the last three seasons. He has been one of the league's younger players at each stop along the way. In 2014, Garcia hit .271/.311/.478 with 18 homers and 63 RBI in 474 plate appearances at Double-A. He's done well for his age, but the lack of contact (24:145 BB:K ratio) is troubling. At some point in 2015 he could see time at Triple-A, but that's only if he improves a bit with his contact ratios. Pittsburgh is set in the outfield at the major league level and has the likes of Austin Meadows ahead of Garcia in the minors, making it possible the team trades him for help in other areas.
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Begins wrist strengthening program
OFChicago White Sox  
Wrist
February 28, 2018
Garcia began a wrist strengthening program Wednesday and will look to ramp up his activity in the coming days, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Battling sore wrist
OFChicago White Sox  
February 18, 2018
Garcia hasn't participated in batting practice due to wrist soreness, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Not in Sunday lineup
OFChicago White Sox  
Hamstring
October 1, 2017
Garcia (hamstring) isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Indians.
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Held out Thursday
OFChicago White Sox  
Hamstring
September 28, 2017
Garcia (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.
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Lifted with hamstring strain
OFChicago White Sox  
Hamstring
September 27, 2017
Garcia was removed from Wednesday's game against the Angels with a left hamstring strain, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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