2003 Scouting Report: 2B, Danny Garcia

2B, Danny Garcia

The Mets drafted second baseman Daniel Garcia out of Pepperdine University on the 5th round of the June 2001 free agent draft. Garcia converted from center field to second in the 2000 Alaska Summer Baseball League because he doesn't project to have enough power to be a starting outfielder. He already is a very solid defensive player despite limited experience. Garcia is an advanced player who has moved quickly through the farm system.

Garcia developed experience with wooden bat in two summer leagues. Garcia is an accomplished bunter, hit and runs well, runs the bases well, can steal a base, and will break up double plays. He will draw enough walks to be a prototypical #2 hitter.

Garcia's continued to make quick adjustments in 2003 as he did in the Florida State League in 2002. Garcia had excellent ratios in 2002: stolen base success rate of 70% (13 of 19), 1.2 BB per 10 AB; and 1.8 K per 10 AB. He's shown excellent gap power with 43 extra-base hits.

In a combined 230 AB, Garcia ratios at Binghamton and Norfolk are solid: 80% stolen base success rate (8 SB in 10 SBA); 1 BB per 12.7 AB (adequate at best); 1 K per 7.2 AB (very good); XBA of 0.100. His combined ratios in 2003 suggests that Garcia is close, but not quite ready for promotion to the Mets. At Binghamton, Garcia hit better against LHPs (.366) than RHPs (.316). He also hit well with runners in scoring position (.365).

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2003

Norfolk

.319

113

36

0

21

14

6

8

12

.383

.389

2003

Binghamton

.333

117

39

3

22

22

2

10

20

.391

.530

2002

St. Lucie

.273

432

118

4

52

69

12

53

77

.369

.403

2001

Cap City

.301

103

31

2

16

25

7

15

18

.409

.495

2001

Brooklyn

.321

56

18

1

6

10

3

4

10

.387

.411


*Stats as of 6/19/03.

Batting and Power. Garcia handles the bat very well, and can drive the ball to all fields. He should hit for a solid average and have 8-10 home run power. His build limits his projectibility.

Base running and Speed. Garcia is an aggressive, hard-nosed base runner with good speed. He has the ability to steal a base and will take the extra base on the basepaths.

Defense. Garcia's a good defensive player at 2B and CF. He can also play 3B. Garcia struggled in brief stint at SS.

Projection. Solid starter. Ability to play 3B, CF and LF allows him to break in as an outstanding utility player. But, developments might create an opportunity to start sooner than expected.

ETA. Sometime during 2003.

Middle Infielders Team
Danny Garcia AAA - Norfolk Tides
Chris Basak AA - Binghamton Mets
Brian Shipp AA - Binghamton Mets
Joseph Jiannnetti A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake Whealy A - Capital City Bombers
Corey Ragsdale A - Capital City Bombers
David Reaver A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Marcos Cabral R - Kingsport Mets
Todd Dulaney R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


With Jose Reyes now with the big club, the middle infield prospects are a bit weak though there is some potential. Garcia and Basak are the closest to be ready at 2B and SS respectively. The struggling Jiannetti and Ragsdale remain the prospects with the highest ceiling at 2B and SS respectively. Marcos Cabral likely has the highest ceiling among short season middle infield prospects.

1. Brian Shipp plays excellent defense and may be the top defender. He has some power but needs to make more consistent contact.

2. Joseph Jiannetti, a hard-nosed player who has struggled mightily in 2003, projects to 18-22 HR from a middle infield position. He should in time become a good defensively at 2B.

3. Blake Whealy performed well in his debut at Brooklyn and has a good combination of speed and power, however, he plays weak defense.

4. Corey Ragsdale has great tools, but he has not demonstrate an ability to convert them to usable baseball skills.

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