“This young man has a tremendous tool set,” said an American League talent evaluator. “He can really run and his defense is outstanding. The only thing that you might worry about is him gaining weight.”
Garcia, who was playing at Triple-A Toledo, is a corner outfielder. He will go to Triple-A Charlotte for now until the White Sox can make another trade or switch Dayan Viciedo to another position.
“Garcia has five-tool ability,” said another AL scout. “The only thing I am not sure of is his power potential. He runs great and throws with the best of them. Chicago is getting a player who can be a perennial All-Star. He reminds me of Magglio Ordonez, but a much better runner.”
Garcia was hitting .380 in the minor leagues combined at Double-A and Triple-A. He hit .241 in a brief stint in Detroit this season. The 22-year-old outfielder was named the Tigers’ minor league player of the year in 2012. He was ranked the second best prospect in the Tigers organization by Baseball America in its offseason prospect report.