Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 19…of 286. Stay tuned.
Pablo Manuel Garcia is a 5’10”, 170 lb. switch-hitting catcher from Santo Domingo, DR. Born on September 26th, 1996, he was signed through free agency by the Miami Marlins for $100,000 during the summer of 2013.
Very few players from each season’s Dominican Summer League squad ever eventually get a taste of the major leagues, somewhere between two-to-five percent. The expectation for these players is somewhere on the order of low-risk, high-reward. Garcia’s chances at making it to the major leagues someday is low, but he’s already jumped two levels, with a chance at a third in 2019.
Garcia is currently 16th on the Miami Marlins depth chart at catcher. Defensively, he’s thrown out 43 percent of basestealers as a professional, including 53-of-101 as a 17-year-old in the 2014 Dominican Summer League. In 1224 total chances behind the plate, he’s made 21 errors for a .983 fielding percentage.
In 53 games in 2014, Garcia slashed .287/.342/.378 in 237 plate appearances, with 14 extra base hits and a team-second 31 RBI. The performance would see him garner a lateral promition to the GCL Marlins, in the domestic rookie Gulf Coast League. For these Marlins, Garcia slashed .244/.295/.274 in 42 games, knocked in 14, and stole five bases.
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2016 would see Garcia promoted again, to the Batavia Muckdogs in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. In 39 games, he slashed .228/.275/.287, with 23 RBI and only 19 whiffs in 155 plate appearances.
Garcia was sent down a level to Batavia again, where he spent 2017 playing in 27 games and slashing.239/.295/.330, with five stolen bases in six attempts and 10 RBI.
This season, Garcia repeated Batavia, and only got into 19 contests. His slashline improved to .278/.339/.315, although it was only in 60 plate appearances. Never considered a top prospect, Garcia may have shown enough to begin next season with Miami’s middle-A affiliate, whoever that may be. If he does, the earliest we would expect to see him with the Miami Marlins would be around Spring Training, 2022.
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