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 42 min ago (view)

    as of the end of this game (game 9) there's only 1 player on the team hitting more than .250 (j.marisnick).

    bryant, baez, contreras, marisnick are the only guys hitting more than .200.

     

  • Cubster 7 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Two awful days of baseball.

    On top of that, Dexter Fowler (Angels) tore his ACL and will undergo season ending  reconstruction surgery.  

    He's a hero in my Cub/heart no matter how the remainder of his career goes, but at 35 yrs, he will have a rough road ahead.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 5 min ago (view)

    these bats are killing me.

    they need more than a waffle maker to feed these bats.  julio zueleta needs to be hired for batting coach and the ricketts need to toss some serious loot into the fruit budget for him.

     

  • crunch 8 hours 40 min ago (view)

    lefty goose goosage reporting in...

     

  • crunch 10 hours 11 min ago (view)

    torn acl...ow

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    career high for zach davies, 7 runs given up...only took 1.2 innings.

    neat-o.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Ex Cub Dexter Fowler, now with Maddon's Angels goes on the DL with a knee sprain. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    AAA exhibition game @south bend rained out.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Coach Craig Driver tested positive for Coronavirus and was sent back to Chicago. Apparently, no other Cub tested positive. No word about symptoms so it sounds like it was picked up in whatever the regular testing protocol covers  including Wed, Thursday and Friday which were negative for the "traveling party".

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Sure makes it sound like Schwarber and Lester were among the positives. Hate that for them, especially Jon who has the cancer history and the recent thyroid issue. Hopefully both recover without significant lingering effects. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    j.musgrove throws SD's first no-hitter.  it would have been a perfect game if he didn't hit a batter.

    not bad for his 2nd start for them.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Nats Covid update (wrt Former Cub factor): Brad Hand, Yan Gomes, Alex Avila and Jordy Mercer have all been cleared to return after being away due to COVID-19 protocols. Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester and Josh Harrison have not been cleared yet, 

    Still looking forward to seeing Schwarbs play in a Nats uniform.

     

  • Jackstraw 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Right.  Three batter minimum.  Hopefully the only time I'll need to be reminded this year. 

    Hopefully.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I'd be good with either. The other can go when Rowan Wick is ready, as far as I'm concerned. Hope they keep Maples instead of one of those two.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, Winkler had to face a third batter (or intentionally walk him I guess) before Ross could pull him. Wondering how long before Shelby Miller takes over for Winkler or Workman...

     

  • crunch 3 days 56 min ago (view)

    k.rosenthal reporting that MLB has taken multiple baseballs from t.bauer's last start with "visible markings and were sticky."