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26 Avisail Garcia RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 6/12/1991 | Birthplace: Anaco Edo, Anzoategui, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 40/31 | Average Draft Position: 229.32
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Hahn: White Sox 'still very bullish' about Avisail Garcia's potential


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) While a left shoulder injury kept White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia from making a significant impact in 2014, the team's outlook on the 23-year-old outfielder has not changed. They are still as excited about his future as the day they traded for him in late July 2013.

"This guy is going to be one of the future stars in the league," White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said of Garcia during a Winter Meetings appearance on MLB Network, per MLB.com. "Rick (Hahn) and I set out to remake the club a couple of years ago and we knew we were going to take it on the chin. But we wanted to get young, impact players. It started with the [Jake] Peavy deal to get Avi Garcia."

Hahn also continues to tout Garcia's potential impact.

"The upside is tremendous," Hahn said. "There is a reason this guy was targeted a couple of years back when we acquired him. We are still very bullish on his potential."


Avisail Garcia back in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Garcia missed Friday's game after coming out of Thursday's action with lower back stiffness. He has hit .252/.315/.429 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 163 at-bats.


Lower back injury knocks Avisail Garcia out of Thursday's game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) White Sox outfelder Avisail Garcia was forced out of Thursday's game against the Royals with a stiff lower back injury, ESPN Chicago reports. Garcia left the game in the third and was replaced by Moises Sierra. He will likely miss Friday's game, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Garcia owns a .252/.315/.429 slash line with seven homers and 29 RBI over 163 at-bats.


Avisail Garcia clouts a pair of homers


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Avisail Garcia broke out of a minor power drought by homering twice against the Rays on Sunday in a 10-5 win for the White Sox. Both home runs were solo shots off Nathan Karns. Garcia had just two extra base hits -- a home run and a double -- over his previous 14 games.

He finished the game 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs. Garcia now has seven home runs on the season to go with a .267 batting average.


Avisail Garcia solid, but not slugging in September


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) White Sox outfelder Avisail Garcia has inched his average in a positive direction since bottoming out at .222 on Aug. 30.

Garcia is 17 for 57 since then with one home run and nine RBI. But he has just one extra-base hit since Sept. 3. His stat line now sits at .254/.318/.413.


Avisail Garcia swats fourth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Yankees Sunday.

Garcia saved his home run for a crucial situation, tying the game in the ninth-inning before the White Sox would ultimately lose in the 10th. He has hit .241/.297/.483 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 58 at-bats.


Avisail Garcia hits third home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia hit his third home run Wednesday against the Orioles.

Garcia struck in the first inning. With one man on, Garcia belted an 84 mph changeup out to left for a two-run shot. Garcia finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. It was Garcia's first home run since April 8. 


Avisail Garcia shows he's worth a flier


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) I had to see it to believe it.

I heard the reports of Avisail Garcia working his way back from a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, but given the severity of the injury -- it was thought to be season-ending at the time -- I presumed the White Sox would rein him in at some point.

But there he was in their starting lineup Saturday, going 2 for 4 with a double. He then went 1 for 3 with a double Sunday -- this after batting .340 (17 for 50) on a Triple-A rehab assignment.

Color me impressed.

Garcia has yet to establish himself as a reliable contributor in Fantasy, but he appeared well on his way after homering twice in the season's seventh game back in April. He hurt his shoulder the very next day. In his 328 at-bats in the big leagues, he hasn't hit for much power yet, but he certainly has the size to do so and showed signs of making good on it with five home runs in his final 94 at-bats last year.

At worst, he's a cheap source of batting average this time of year, and age 23, he could emerge as more. For your fifth outfielder spot, what do you have to lose?


Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?

The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately. 

On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances. 

The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep. 

Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time. 

Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add. 


Avisail Garcia ready to roll again for White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Outfielder Avisail Garcia has returned to the White Sox after missing nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury. He is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, batting fourth and starting in right field. 

Garcia slammed 17 hits in 50 at-bats during his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte. His first at-bat with the Sox will be his first with the team since April 9.


Avisail Garcia could return this weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia could return as early as this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Garcia has been sidelined since April 9 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Garcia has been playing in rehab games and was set to be evaluated once he had 50 at-bats. He's currently at 50 at-bats, and the team could act soon.


Avisail Garcia getting close to return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is nearing a return to big-league action, MLB.com reports.

"I don't know if we're close enough to where we're counting down games until he's back, but he's getting close," manager Robin Ventura said.

Ventura indicated that Garcia would be evaluated after reaching 50 at-bats while on his rehab assignment. He's 14 for 38 in 10 games with Triple-A Charlotte. Garcia is recovering from a severe shoulder suffered in early April.


Pace of Avisail Garcia recovery provides encouragement


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Outfielder Avisail Garcia has forged a strong start to his rehab assignment, fueling speculation that he could return to the White Sox sometime this season and perhaps even this month, per CSNChicago.com.

Garcia had once been deemed out for the year. He tore the labrum in his left shoulder in April, resulting in surgery. But he has eight hits in 15 at-bats with a home run in four games with Triple-A Charlotte.

"It's nice to see," said Robin Ventura. "It just shows the kind of work he did while he was up here, not only just the rehab stuff but staying in baseball shape."


Avisail Garcia dodgers a bullet after X-rays come back 'fine'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia underwent X-rays on his injured arm, which came back negative, manager Robin Ventura told reporters on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Garcia left Sunday's Triple-A game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch. He was later diagnosed with a bruised triceps. No word on when he'll resume his minor-league rehab assignment.

Avisail Garcia diagnosed with bruised triceps


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a bruised triceps muscle after coming out of his rehab game Sunday, the team announced.

Garcia has been sidelined since early April with a shoulder issue that was expected to keep him out all season, but he returned to action Friday as he began a rehab assignment. Unfortunately, he had to come out of a game two days later after getting hit with a pitch. Even if he can return from the new injury in a few days, Garcia is still looking at a lengthy rehab assignment before potentially returning to the team for the last few weeks of the season.


Avisail Garcia hit by pitch on elbow during rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte coming off shoulder surgery, left Sunday's game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Avisail Garcia plays in first game since April


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia appeared in a game for the first time in nearly four months Friday, as he began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.

Garcia, who has been out since April 9 due to a shoulder injury, went 2 for 4 in his start as a designated hitter. He will likely require an extensive rehab assignment before he can return tot hje majors.


Avisail Garcia, Matt Lindstrom to begin rehab stints Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Two White Sox standouts are all but set to begin rehab stints with Charlotte. Outfielder Avisail Garcia and former closer Matt Lindstrom will play for that Triple-A team on Friday.

Garcia has been out since April 9 with a shoulder injury. Lindstrom hasn't pitched since May 19 after sustaining an ankle injury.


Avisail Garcia takes batting practice Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia took part in a live batting practice session Tuesday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Garcia doesn't have a date set for a rehab assignment and it's still possible the team holds him out from returning to the White Sox for the remainder of the year despite the strides he has made. "I don't think we're going to be pressing that he has to make it here, but if he's totally healthy and he's ready to go I know I would be happy to see him," manager Robin Ventura said. "He can make it here whenever he makes it here. If he can get some time in the minor leagues at some point, just to be able to get there and play, then you figure that out afterward. You expect him to get some time in the minor leagues."


White Sox 'almost certain' Avisail Garcia will play again this year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters he's "almost certain" that outfielder Avisail Garcia will play again this season, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports. Garcia had shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm in April. The next step in his recovery appears to be a minor-league rehab assignment at some point in the near future.

No rehab assignment scheduled yet for Avisail Garcia


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has yet to be scheduled for a rehab assignment, though that would be the next step in his recovery from a torn labrum and avulsion fracture, MLB.com reports.

"When you see him do things, you get excited about it," manager Robin Ventura said. "But you don't want to push it to a point where he's getting out ahead of himself, and I know it looks like he's doing pretty good."

Garcia was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery in April, and the team hasn't changed that timetable. However, the outfielder does look like he'll be able to take part in a rehab assignment at some point before the end of the season.


White Sox still hope to have Avisail Garcia back late this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is scheduled to take part in batting practice prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox in Boston. General manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com that a chance still remains for Garcia to return from shoulder surgery this season, although his timetable has not changed.

Avisail Garcia able to play long toss Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was able to play long toss Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Garcia also played catch Friday. He's been ruled out for the year already, but Garcia is trying to get in some work when possible. Garcia was able to throw from 200 feet Sunday. He had shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm in April.


Avisail Garcia played catch for first time since injury Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia played catch on the field Thursday for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury. He is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

"This is really just the start of a long process for him," manager Robin Ventura said. "Just because he's out here right now, I don't necessarily see him making it back for this year. The prognosis the whole time was he would be back for Spring Training.

Avisail Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.

Garcia is already expected to be out for the year due to a shoulder injury. The team needed to move Garcia to the 60-day DL in order to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Scott Carroll.