García with the Atlanta Braves
|Atlanta Braves – No. 13|
|Third baseman / Left fielder|
April 12, 1985 |
Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
|May 19, 2015, for the Atlanta Braves|
(through April 21, 2017)
|Runs batted in||96|
Adonis García Arrieta (born April 12, 1985) is a Cuban professional baseball third baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in the Cuban National Series from 2004 through 2011, and then defected from Cuba to play in MLB. Garcia has also filled in at left field for the Braves.
García debuted in the Cuban National Series in 2004 with Ciego de Ávila. In the Cuban National Series, Garcia began as a shortstop, and then shifted to play other infield and outfield positions. During the 2008–09 season, he had a .355 batting average, .426 on-base percentage (OBP), and .613 slugging percentage (SLG) in 282 at-bats. That season, he recorded 21 home runs and 67 runs batted in. García played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2009 World Port Tournament, leading all players in batting average at .500. In 2010–11, his final season in the Cuban National Series, Garcia batted .334 with a .397 OBP and .623 SLG in 308 at-bats.
García then defected from Cuba via Nicaragua and Mexico in August 2010, making it to the United States in January 2011. He played the 2011–12 winter in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he hit .270 with a .313 OBP and .461 SLG in 152 at-bats during the regular season for the Navegantes del Magallanes. He then batted .376 with a .431 OBP and .548 SLG in 93 at-bats during the 2012 Caribbean Series with the Tigres de Aragua. García was named to the Caribbean Series All-Star Team as a center fielder.
In August 2011, Major League Baseball (MLB) declared García ineligible to sign for six months due to fraudulent residency paperwork. He established residency in Venezuela and MLB declared him a free agent in February 2012. García signed with the Yankees on May 2, 2012 for $400,000.
In 2012, García debuted for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League before being promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League. In all for the season, he hit .263/.311/.424 with five home runs, 29 runs batted in (RBIs), and two stolen bases in 57 games. He played all three outfield positions, with most of the time split between CF and RF. The next year, García played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, with 6 games with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees as well. Between the teams, he finished the year with a .258 average, .308 OBP, .364 SLG, four home runs, 12 RBIs, and four steals in 56 games. Through the season, he again split the time mostly between CF and RF with a handful of games in LF. García spent the whole of 2014 with the RailRiders. For the year, in 86 games, he hit .319 with a .353 OBP, .474 SLG, nine home runs, 45 RBIs, and 11 steals. Like his previous seasons in the organization, García mostly played in the outfield, but spent 19 games at third base while also being the designated hitter in 8 games.
The Yankees released García on April 1, 2015. He signed with the Atlanta Braves four days later, and was assigned to the Gwinnett Braves of the International League. On May 18, García was called up to the major leagues. He was soon optioned back to Gwinnett, but was recalled on July 25 after the Braves traded Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. Garcia hit his first career home run on July 26 off of Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals. On August 3, he hit a walk-off, 2-run home run against the San Francisco Giants, a game which the Braves won 9-8. García finished the season with a .277 batting average and ten home runs, becoming the second player in Braves' franchise history to hit ten or more home runs in less than 200 at-bats.
García began the 2016 season as the Braves starting third baseman. In late April, the team began shifting him between left field and third base in order to keep his bat in the lineup while minimizing opportunities for García to make defensive miscues. The Braves optioned García to Gwinnett on May 6 to get him more playing time in left field. Three weeks later, he returned to the majors to play third base. García started at third for the rest of the season and hit .273 with 14 home runs.
García's brother, José Adolis García, also plays baseball. The two faced each other in the 2016 Caribbean Series, in which Adonis played for Tigres de Aragua and José Adolis for Ciego de Ávila.
García is listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and 190 pounds (86 kg). He is considered a skilled hitter.
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