Scottsdale, Arizona —— After reaching Double-A for the first time in his career in 2017, the San Francisco Giants sent catching prospect Aramis Garcia to the Arizona Fall League this winter to hone his development behind the plate alongside some of the best prospects in baseball. The 24-year-old, who the Giants originally drafted out of Florida International back in 2014, recently caught up with us before a Scottsdale Scorpions game at home in Scottsdale Stadium to discuss being out at the AFL, and how his work behind the plate has been coming along.
You can watch Baseball Census on-air host Sande Charles talk catching and more in that pre-game interview with Garcia in the video here:
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Aramis Garcia had a pretty solid offensive season in 2017 split between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond, with a combined slash line of .274/.323/.485/.808 over 103 games (402 at-bats), with 32 doubles, 17 home runs, 24 walks, and 94 strikeouts. That marks a career high in home runs and doubles for Garcia, who also posted a career-high .808 OPS, albeit with most of the power coming during his time in the California League.
He’ll be 25 years old before the 2018 season begins, and Aramis Garcia has a shot at starting it (or spending a considerable portion of it) with Triple-A Sacramento on his way to playing one day soon for the San Francisco Giants. While Buster Posey quite clearly has the hold on an everyday job behind the plate in The Show, Garcia may have flashed enough in 2017 to push himself towards a productive backup role in the future thanks to a strong season and successful transition to Double-A. We’ll have more on Aramis Garcia later this winter with a full scouting report, including several more videos from the summer season, as well.
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