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Adonis Garcia Could Play His Way Into MLB Consideration

Adonis Garcia is not a player most prospect followers get excited about. At 29 years old he is relatively old compared to other up and coming prospects and at turning 30 in April it is highly unlikely many will see him as an everyday player in the big leagues.

Originally from Cuba, Garcia defected in January 2011 and established residency in Venezuela before signing as a free agent with the Yankees for $400,000 in 2012. That season he began his professional career in the United States, splitting the season between the Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder. He hit .263 in 2012 with 19 doubles, a triple and five homeruns. He spent the majority of the 2013 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he .256.

This past season he returned to the RailRiders and in his first full season at Triple-A he hit .319 with 20 doubles, 3 triples and 9 homeruns in 86 games. His hot bat is continuing in the Venezuelan Winter League where he is hitting .305 in 50 games for the Navegantes del Magallanes. Garcia has 12 doubles so far with a triple and four homeruns while driving in 35. Over his last ten games he is hitting .333.

What benefits Garcia is his versatility. Garcia can play every infield and outfield position, this makes him one of the most versatile players in the game and valuable to a team as a utility players. In the Yankees farm system he has played second base, third base and all three outfield positions. It is not far fetch to see him as a cheap alternative for a bench spot.

Is it possible we could see him in the major leagues with the New York Yankees in 2015? Possibly. With injuries a concern for many players currently on the big league roster it is likely Adonis could see some time with the big club this season. If at any point during the season the Yankees find the need to play Jose Pirela everyday it is very plausible that Garcia can get the call ahead of Rob Refsnyder because of his versatility.

Will that happen though? Only time will tell.

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