How did he get here?: Signed as free agent, September 2005
Stats: 5'9" 142 lbs, Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hometown/Birthplace: Guacara, Venezuela
Age as of April 1, 2011: 22
2010 Men of the Match: 1
As you can see, this is Garcia's fifth season in the Astros' organization, and his second in the States, having spent three seasons in the VSL. Garcia hit .246/.318/.303 with eight doubles, a triple, and 18RBI.
He missed most of the 2009 season after a breakout 2008, in which he posted an .896 OPS, with 17K:29BB.
Garcia played all over the place in 2010, with the large majority of his starts (41 of 50) coming at 2B, committing ten errors in 213 chances for a .953 Fld%. He successfully stole ten of 13 bases, for a 76.9% SB rate.
What went right?
Not a whole lot, and I'm not sure if it has something to do with any re-familiarization after only playing in eight games in 2009. However, if we're going to pick something, let's pick July. In 23 games in July, Garcia hit .267/.330/.326 for a monthly OPS high of .655.
Also, we can credit him with drawing some walks, which has been a strong point for him in his career. He drew 12 walks in 112 ABs against RHP.
What went wrong?
Away games. Even though his overall OPS was six points higher on the road (.624) than at home (.618), he only hit .232 in 25 games on the road.
August. His OPS dropped off 90 points from July, after hitting .215/.288/.277 in 21 August games. He was a touch unlucky, as he only struck out eight times in 65 ABs.
RISP. Garcia only hit .234/.302/.234 w/RISP, for an OPS 99 points lower than with the bases empty.
I'm a little nervous for Garcia. After posting an .896 OPS in 2008 and missing most of 2009, he may have needed a stronger 2010 than he had. Still, he has 88 career strikeouts and 76 career walks.