Prospect Highlights: Willy Garcia’s Third Homer

While Mother Nature decides to keep Gregory Polanco off the field on Monday and Tuesday with consecutive rainouts, we turn to someone else today for a prospect highlight. Altoona’s Willy Garcia hit his third homer of the season last night.

We knew coming into this year that Garcia had power and his defense/arm are both strong, but the questions about his plate patience and ability to make contact haven’t been answered. He has five hits this year, three homers, a triple and a single. That type of extra-base power looks good, but he’s also hitting .158 and has one walk and 18 strikeouts in ten games. Last year he had 23 walks and 154 strikeouts in 118 games with Bradenton and with West Virginia in 2012, he had 32 walks and 131 strikeouts in 122 games. So early on the downward trend is continuing as he moves up, but there is one upside to point out. Despite being in his fifth season in the organization now, he will play this entire season as a 21-year-old, so there is still time for him.

 

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    the announcer’s last words sum WG up “all or nothing”

  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    21 is pretty young though. Coach him up! Power is a special commodity.