|Chicago White Sox – No. 26|
June 12, 1991 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 31, 2012 for the Detroit Tigers|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||38|
Detroit Tigers (2012–2013)
García was invited to spring training with the Detroit Tigers in 2011 and 2012. After the 2011 season, he was added to the Tigers 40-man roster. He was named 2012 Minor League Player of the Year for the Tigers farm system, and first appeared on the major-league team on August 31, 2012. He hit .319 in 23 games, and made the playoff roster, appearing in the League Division Series, League Championship Series and 2012 World Series. In 23 postseason at-bats, García hit .261 with a double and four RBIs.
He is noted for his resemblance to former teammate Miguel Cabrera, earning him the nickname "Mini Miggy". Both stand 6 feet 4 inches (1.9 m) tall, weigh 240 pounds (110 kg), bat right-handed, and hail from Venezuela, although Garcia has an advantage in speed.
García entered the 2013 season with an outside shot to make the Tigers' opening day roster, but that possibility ended when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list (DL) March 26 (retroactive to March 22) with a heel contusion. He was brought up to the Tigers in May 2013 when Austin Jackson was placed on the DL. On May 15, Garcia hit his first major league home run.
In June 2013, García was optioned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens when Jackson came off the DL, but was recalled four days later when Aníbal Sánchez was placed on the DL. On July 7, 2013, during a game for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, García hit for the cycle in a 9–7 victory over the Indianapolis Indians. This marked the first cycle for a Mud Hen since Ryan Raburn on May 27, 2007.
Chicago White Sox (2013–present)
On July 30, 2013, García was traded to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox and José Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. Garcia initially reported to the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Between Charlotte and Toledo, he led the International League in batting average with a .374 mark. When the White Sox traded Alex Ríos on August 9, they promoted García to the major leagues. He started his first game with the White Sox on August 10, and collected his first hit with the team in the sixth inning.
Garcia came out of a game against the Colorado Rockies on April 9, 2014 after he jammed his left shoulder after attempting a diving catch in right field. The next day, the White Sox announced that he had a torn labrum in his left shoulder and would miss the remainder of the season.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Avisail Garcia on Twitter