Keith Law and Jonathan Mayo may have foiled my hopes to see the name of Avisail Garcia set to the immediate right on one of their fabled 100 numbers, but Baseball America has not let me down!
74. Avisail Garcia, of, DET
At least someone appreciates the two hundred and forty massive pounds set inside a twenty one year tiny six foot four in frame that was promoted to double A in the middle of the season and then went bonkers with 18 extra base hits and 9 steals in 226 plate appearances for a nice shiny .810 OPS and a wOBA of .364. Of course, the Tigers noticed this and gave him 51 plate appearances in September and a spot on the playoff roster, so at least they are smoking the same seriously real high resin schtick that I am.
Call me crazy, but I like this kid more than anyone else in the system. Castellanos aside, who is more pure hitter than pure power, if he can improve his 3% walk rate I see Garcia in that 30 home run, 70 xbh range that gets everyone all hot and bothered.
Because Baseball America is so nice to give us free archives of the last eight years (I need to renew my subscription!) I’ll include the entirety of the Tigers prospects who’ve made it into Baseball America’s Top 100 list during that time. And Baseball America rocks, yo. Loving Avisail Garcia. Man, I’m like so pumped right now I could go and mow my entire backyard.
2012: 22. Jacob Turner, 45. Castellanos
2011: 21. Turner, 65. Castellanos, 87. Andy Oliver
2010: 26. Turner, 47. Casey Crosby, 76. Austin Jackson
2009: 21. Rick Porcello
2008: 21. Porcello
2007: 6. Cameron Maybin, 10. Andrew Miller
2006: 8. Justin Verlander, 31. Maybin, 35. Joel Zumaya,
I think the first thing you do, after you finish reading this, is go outside and dance around and thank the baseball gods for Justin Verlander, spite them for murdering Joel Zumaya’s wonderful arm, laugh at them for confusing the Marlins into giving away Miguel Cabrera, and hope and pray and sacrifice your children in hope that Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia will be flanking Austin Jackson every single day for the next decade or so, if not late this year, then in 2014.