Luis Garcia
19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Washington Nationals AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Among qualified hitters, only Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich and Mike Trout hit .300 with 20 home runs and 15 steals last year. Garcia could eventually hit those baselines. He was 3.3 years younger and 11% better than the average hitter in the Sally League and 4.4 years younger and 12% better than the average hitter in the Carolina League. It may not seem like much, but his .113 ISO at High-A was a very positive indicator, given his age, hit tool (.297 AVG at Low-A was a career low) and contact skills (14.9 K% at High-A). Up-the-middle players simply don't have full-season debuts like that in their age-17/18 campaigns. Garcia has pedigree ($1.3 million bonus on July 2, 2016) and at 6-foot, 190 pounds, more power is coming. The one knock on him as a hitter: his splits against same-handed pitching (.330 AVG, .843 OPS against RHP, .234 AVG, .537 OPS against LHP). He may eventually move to second base, but that won't negatively affect his fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Nationals in July of 2016 that includes a $1.3 million signing bonus.
Finally clicking at Double-A
SSWashington Nationals  AA
June 29, 2019
Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.
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The Nats' No. 2 fantasy prospect won't turn 20 until next May, a vitally important context to consider before dismissing him as a flop for his .590 OPS on the year. Garcia's found his form at the plate in June, though, slashing .330/.358/.398 through 24 games on the month, and while he still isn't supplying a lot of power or speed, his athletic profile suggests he'll provide both once he matures. Trea Turner is entrenched at shortstop and Carter Kieboom is next in line at second base, so the club can afford to be patient with Garcia.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Even without Braves or Padres-level exposure, the Nationals cleaned up on the 2016 international market -- inking a pair of shortstop prospects in Garcia and Yasel Antuna, both of whom have increased their stock significantly since signing. Antuna is more appealing for dynasty leagues because of his monstrous ceiling, but Garcia has the higher floor, and with plus-plus speed, his fantasy upside should not be overlooked. He was the fourth youngest hitter in the Gulf Coast League, yet finished 11th in batting average (.302) and tied for ninth in steals (11-for-13). Unlike Antuna, Garcia is a good bet to stick at shortstop, so at the very least he projects to hit for a high average, steal a lot of bases and quality at the second scarcest position in the game. His all-fields approach (36 percent to the pull side, 38.5 percent to the opposite field) allows him show off his hit tool, but it mutes any power potential. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, he could access over-the-fence power, but it would likely come at the expense of his batting average.
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Heating up for Harrisburg
SSWashington Nationals  AA
April 19, 2019
Garcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday.
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Sent to Double-A
SSWashington Nationals  AA
April 2, 2019
Garcia will open the campaign at Double-A Harrisburg, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
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Headed to minors camp
SSWashington Nationals  AA
March 13, 2019
The Nationals reassigned Garcia to their minor-league camp Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Turns heads Sunday
SSWashington Nationals  AA
March 11, 2019
Garcia went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in Sunday's 6-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Astros.
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Impressing brass at first camp
SSWashington Nationals  AA
March 1, 2019
Garcia hasn't looked out of place in his first big-league spring training, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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