He's a Robel

The Cubs have signed INF  to a 2019 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 

The 25-year old switch-hitting Garcia was a member of the Italian National team that was a guest of the Oakland Athletics at Fitch Park in Mesa over the past month. (Ex-Cubs minor leaguers RHP Alessandro Maestri and C-1B Alberto Mineo were also on the squad). Besides working out with the A's minor leaguers, Team Italy participated in a dozen AZ Instructional League games, and that's where the Cubs saw Garcia play before offering him a contract. NOTE: While the Cubs did not field an AZ Instructs team this year, Cubs professional scouts did attend games.   

Garcia played for UniPolsai Bologna (Fortitudo B. C. 1953) in 2018. He hit 281/343/490 and was 2nd in the league in triples and 10th in doubles during the regular season, before hitting .400 in the semifinali serie and .357 in the finale serie as he helped lead his club to the Federazione Italiana Serie A1 (the Italian major league) championship.  

Signed by the Cleveland Indians out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year old back in March 2010, Garcia spent four very uneventful seasons in the Indians farm system (hitting a combined 217/326/356 in 274 games) before being released at the end of Minor League Camp in 2014, but he didn't give up, so now he will get another chance with the Cubs.  

Garcia probably projects as a AAA or AA utility infielder at this point, but time will tell. 

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If anyone wants to watch Garcia hit for the cycle in a recent game for Team Italy, here you go. He bats at 0:28, 0:55, 2:03, and 2:52  

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=F4VzZU3xw9s

BRADSBEARD: Grazie mille. 

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  • crunch 6 hours 46 min ago (view)

    plus, on road trips he's within limitations of carry on luggage size so he doesn't need a ticket.  that adds up over time and that's how you end up signing guys like c.kimbrel.

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Good. He’s been a hell of a lot more productive in relief than some higher salaried guys in the Cubs pen. 

     

  • QuietMan 8 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Tim Collins opted to stay in the organization afterall.  Pitched for ICubs today.

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Barnette that is.

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Any guess who will be leaving when Kimbrel arrives? It’s got to be Brach unless they drop Barnett’s.

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Nice job by Strop - fastball 94 and slider looking good. 

     

  • crunch 11 hours 44 min ago (view)

    cubs win, brews win, STL plays tonight.

    night game vs ATL tomorrow.  STL+MIL off day.

    btw, the next 3 games vs ATL will be wrigley night games.

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 59 min ago (view)

    It’s about time the Mets craptastic bullpen showed up for this series

     

  • Eric S 12 hours 5 min ago (view)

    El Mago with the three run shot to right field!!!

    Nice job by Hamels - 7 innning quality start and kept the game close. 

    Back to back three hit games by JHey also encouraging 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 9 min ago (view)

    baez makes career #100 count.  unf.

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Cubs doing a nice job of elevating Alonzo’s player of the week candidacy. Freddie Freeman having a week/month too. 

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Who can forget Joe reaching for and pulling an imaginary beard from the mound to signal for Schlitter?  It was all good until a 97 mph sinker was slammed over outfield wall. Good times. 

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Seems to me the Cubs/Jedstein would lean to acquiring an impact outfield bat vs infielder, all things being equal. A healthy and productive Zobrist would be nice as well. 

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Caratini‘s regression to the mean weekend continues. Sigh

    Thankfully Hamels comes through with a two out rbi single

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Busy day for ex-Cub pitchers: Mariners call-up Matt Carasiti (ST NRI released by Cubs earlier this month), A's call-up ex-Cub Brian Schlitter (hasn't pitched in MLB since 2015), and Marlins outright ex-Cub Dan Straily (acquired along with Addison Russell and Billy McKinney from OAK in the Samardzija/Hammel trade in 2014, and then traded to HOU with Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler in 2015). 

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Righty reliever Tony Barnette activated and Rowan Wick optioned to Iowa. Barnette has been pitching well of late in AAA.