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After missing the entire 2014 season with a broken hand, Kevin Garcia returned in 2015 and spent his entire season with the Billings Mustangs. The outfielder started out the season with an 0-5 night with two strikeouts. Over the next four games of the first week of the season he would go 8-17 (.471) with three doubles and no strikeouts. He carried that hot streak forward into the final week of June, going 8-16 with five walks and just one strikeout, finishing up the month with a .421/.477/.500 line in 44 plate appearances with five walks and three strikeouts.
When July rolled around the hot hitting cooled off for Garcia. In the first week he would go 4-18 (.222), but he did have five walks in five games. In the second week of July the outfielder only played in four games, but went 5-13 (.385) in the short week. Things were quite hit-and-miss in the third week for the outfielder, getting a hit in the first three games of the week, but went 0-for the rest of the week, finishing just 5-25 (.200) on the week. The Venezuelan 22-year-old put together a big final week of the month, going 10-25 (.455) with two doubles and three walks. Unfortunately he left the game on the 29th after a single and didn’t return for more than two weeks. The outfielder finished with a .308/.407/.359 line with 13 walks and nine strikeouts in 93 plate appearances with four stolen bases.
After missing the first two-and-a-half weeks of August, Kevin Garcia returned to the lineup. In the first week back on the field he would go 6-22 (.273). Things didn’t go well in the final week of the month for Garcia, going just 4-22 (.182) with a double and four walks. With the calendar flipping to September, the script also flipped for the outfielder who went 8-23 (.348) with three doubles, a home run and three walks. In the final three weeks of the season he would post a .269/.355/.388 line with eight walks and 12 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances.
Kevin Garcia Scouting Report
Hitting | Garcia has a potentially above-average hit tool with good barrel awareness that helps him use the entire field well.
Power | He’s got below-average power both now and in the potential, though reaching low double digit home runs isn’t entirely out of the question.
Running | He shows above-average speed.
Throwing | He shows an average arm.
Defense | He’s played all around the outfield in his career, but spent nearly the entire season in the corners in 2015. He can handle center field, but his range is average there. In the corners he shows off above-average range.
Nothing really jumps out at you when you see Kevin Garcia play. He’s got a strong plate approach and understanding of the strikezone and when combined with a high contact rate and good barrel awareness it really lets his hit tool play well. Without much power, his hit tool is going to have to carry his offensive value. He will turn 23 in the 2016 season and with an advanced approach to the game, he could be pushed a little quicker than some guys coming out of the rookie levels.