Luis Garcia
18-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Washington Nationals A+
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
$Signed a $1.3 million deal with the Nationals in July of 2016.
Headed to minors camp
SSWashington Nationals  A+
March 13, 2019
The Nationals reassigned Garcia to their minor-league camp Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Despite being one of the younger players in any big-league camp during spring training, Garcia looked advanced beyond his age. The 18-year-old went 6-for-19 with seven runs and two RBI, with his 3-for-3 effort over the weekend against the Astros standing out as his most eye-opening performance. The young shortstop only saw a half season of action at High-A Potomac in 2018, but his success in the Carolina League coupled with his stellar spring could prompt the Nationals to assign him to Double-A Harrisburg to begin the upcoming campaign.
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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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Turns heads Sunday
SSWashington Nationals  A+
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  A+
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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Earns invite to big-league camp
SSWashington Nationals  A+
February 12, 2019
Garcia was invited to the Nationals' major-league camp Tuesday.
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Stays hot at High-A
SSWashington Nationals  A+
August 8, 2018
Garcia went 3-for-5 with one run, four RBI and a steal in Tuesday's game for High-A Potomac.
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Moves up to High-A
SSWashington Nationals  A+
July 5, 2018
Garcia was promoted to High-A Potomac on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his Carolina League debut.
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