The Detroit Tigers remain well out of playoff contention, which means attention is already being put towards 2023 and beyond. The front office made a notable move to bolster Detroit's farm system on Tuesday when they used a waiver claim on former Philadelphia Phillies infield prospect Luis Garcia.
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Garcia was ranked as the Phillies' No. 14 prospect before he was released to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He entered the organization with a bang by winning the Gulf Coast League batting title in 2018 with a .369 average. The 21-year-old has struggled at the plate since then, however, as his development has seemingly stalled.
This is a relatively low-risk, high-reward move by the Tigers. On the bright side, Garcia has always been praised for his defensive abilities and arm strength. His offense has been underwhelming, however, producing a .227/.323/.338 slash line in 328 career minor-league games.
Garcia has posted a strong 15.6% walk rate this year, which is nearly double the 2022 MLB average of 8.2%. A fresh start could be exactly what he needs to get back to the form he showed in 2021, when he notched a respectable .767 OPS with 13 homers and 15 steals in 103 games between Single-A and High-A.
Detroit already had a 40-man roster spot open after designating veteran pitcher Michael Pineda for assignment on Sunday. Garcia will report to the Double-A Erie Seawolves and take on an everyday role there. He's a name to remember down the road as the Tigers continue their search for young talent.
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