Royals Calling Up Top Prospect for Potential MLB Debut
By Larry Rupp
The Kansas City Royals have gotten to the point in the season where evaluating young talent has become a top priority. After all, they sit well out of playoff contention with a 32-52 record. Infielder Maikel Garcia becomes the latest KC top prospect to join the majors, jumping up from Double-A.
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Garcia is ranked as the Royals' No. 18 prospect and wasn't expected to make his MLB debut until next summer. However, his dominance with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals has altered that timeline. A corresponding move will have to be made to have the 22-year-old on the active roster.
There's two scenarios here. Garcia could be acting as the 27th man for the Royals' doubleheader on Monday, or he could be filling in for infielder Whit Merrifield moving forward. Merrifield exited Kansas City's game on Sunday with a toe injury and the team is still awaiting the results from his MRI.
As an international signing out of Venezuela in 2016, Garcia has had no trouble shining in what is his first season above the Single-A level. He is slashing .287/.365/.397 across 74 games (348 plate appearances) to go along with 58 runs scored, 23 doubles, 3 home runs, 30 RBI and 27 stolen bases.
This is a player whose game is built on getting on base and using his speed to get into scoring position. Scouts have noted Garcia's defense on the diamond is stellar as well.
For now, the Royals are long shots to win the World Series with odds set at +250000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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