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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: 4 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/60 | Average Draft Position: 178.53
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Avisail Garcia hits walk-off single for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Avisail Garcia hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to give the White Sox a win in the completion of a game suspended from Friday night. 

Garcia went 2 for 5, lifting his average to .274. His game winning RBI was his fourth run batted in this season. 


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia homers in defeat to Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The only thing that could have made Friday sweeter for White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is if his team had beaten the Tigers.

Garcia unloaded on his former teammates with a solo home run leading off the second, but the Sox were shut out the rest of the way and fell to Detroit. The blast was Garcia's first of the season, but he still owns a fine slash line of .333/.400/.519.


White Sox opt to rest Avisail Garcia on Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia received his first day off of the 2015 season Wednesday against the Indians. Garcia, who was replaced by J.B. Shuck in the lineup, had started the first seven games.

He is batting .348 (8 for 23) with no home runs, two doubles, two RBI, four runs, one stolen base, two walks and five strikeouts in seven games.

The Indians are favored (-115) in Wednesday's game.


White Sox's Avisail Garcia won't dive for fly balls anymore


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is putting his health ahead of spectacular catches. 

Garcia suffered an avulsion fracture and labrum tear in his shoulder last April, diving to try to catch a line drive. Now he's done diving for balls. 

"Maybe if we play in the World Series and I have to dive, I'm going to dive," he said, per MLB.com. "But not right now."

Coach Darryl Boston is working with Garcia on getting into position, so dives aren't necessary. 

"We are trying to keep him on the field. He helps us by being out there 162 games if possible," Boston said. "We get scouting reports so we try to put him in the best position possible."


White Sox shuffle Garcia, Ramirez, LaRoche vs. LHP Duffy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura shuffled his batting order Wednesday night against left-hander Danny Duffy. He moved outfielder right fielder Avisail Garcia to cleanup, with shortstop Alexei Ramirez at the No. 5 spot and DH Adam LaRoche at the No. 6 spot.

Garcia is a .277 lifetime hitter against left-handed pitchers.


White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia working on swing mechanics


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is treating spring training like its the regular season. He's working on seeing the ball better at the plate and swing discipline, reports MLB.com.

"I feel great," Garcia said. "I'm seeing the ball good. I'm trying to not swing at bad pitches. Work my count. I'm relaxed, focused and [trying to] make it happen."

Manager Robin Ventura likes what he's seen from Garcia so far this spring.

"There are going to be swings and misses out of him, but he's putting it in play, running the bases great," Ventura said. "That's the biggest thing is him running around, seeing how free and easy it is. He got short-changed last year as far as at-bats, but his movements around the field, making plays in the outfield, things like that, that has been important."


White Sox' Avisail Garcia learns from injury-riddled 2014


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia said he learned a lesson during his injury-riddled 2014, according to CSN.

Garcia played in just 46 games last year after tearing his labrum on April 9. The 23-year-old has been working hard to get in better shape this offseason, and said he's learned a lot after sitting out most of last year. "It's a lesson," Garcia said. "You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future." 

Garcia pointed to the team's offseason moves as proof that everyone on the team is working harder and wants to win. In order to do so, Garcia will need a big season. He's set to open the year as the team's starter in right, and should slot in the middle of the team's lineup. 

Garcia has a career .272/.314/.413 slash line over 463 at-bats in the majors. 


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia dropped weight during offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.


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.