The Chicago Cubs haven't given their fans much of a reason to celebrate during the 2022 MLB season, starting things with a 13-20 record. Fortunately, it hasn't been all doom and gloom for the franchise thanks to a minor-leaguer coming off of an impressive week.
Iowa third baseman Robel Garcia has been named the Triple-A Player of the Week for the International League. The 29-year-old's team went 5-1 in six outings last week and likely couldn't have pulled it off without his efforts.
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Garcia made 22 at-bats over the six games he played last week, finishing with nine hits, six home runs and nine RBIs with two stolen bases. He also had an impressive .409/.458/1.273 slash line and only struck out on 31.8% of his ABs compared to 43.0% on the 2022 campaign as a whole.
Garcia has experience playing in the MLB, seeing 178 ABs in 77 career games played for the Cubs in 2019 and Houston Astros last year. He recorded six HRs and 19 RBIs over that stretch, but his .174 batting average and 39.1% strikeout percentage have led to him being stuck in the minors.
Garcia may never have a better chance to crack the Cubs' lineup than he does in 2022. Chicago is close to having a bottom-10 offense this season and building off of last week's performance could result in a call-up for the third baseman.
An eventual Garcia promotion could give Cubs fans something to be excited about down the line. After all, a World Series run is definitely a longshot as FanDuel Sportsbook is giving Chicago +20000 odds (T-No. 20) to win a championship this fall.
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