With out mentioning any service time concerns, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked in late Could, earlier than Luis García was known as up on June 1st, about how the membership wished to attend to ensure the 22-year-old infielder was able to play brief within the majors when he got here up once more after debuting in 2020 and taking part in 110 video games (largely at second base) in ‘20 and ‘21.
“Luis García is one among our prime prospects,” Rizzo advised 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies days earlier than the Nationals made the transfer to name him up.
“We need to be certain he’s able to get right here. We predict he’s very, very shut … however don’t neglect, he’s 22 years outdated. He’d be a school senior proper now if he was draft eligible, so this man’s obtained a shiny future in entrance of him. My job is to make it possible for he’s utterly prepared when he comes.
“He’s very, very shut, and also you’ll be seeing him within the very close to future.”
García was up days later, and within the month-and-a-half he’s been up he’s put up stable stats on the plate, and made some errors and errors within the discipline, however his supervisor, Davey Martinez, advised reporters Friday evening he’s seen loads of positives from the younger shortstop, and their group is getting a good suggestion of what they’ve at this level in his growth.
Going into Saturday evening’s recreation, García had a .289/.298/.404 line, 11 doubles, a triple, two house runs, two walks, and 36 Ks in 43 video games and 171 plate appearances. He’d made a complete of 9 errors within the discipline, two fielding and 7 throwing, displaying the place he’s obtained to make enhancements, but in addition loads of potential.
“We actually need to see if he can play shortstop,” Martinez defined, “and get him up right here and get him on — like I stated, with [Third Base and infield coach Gary DiSarcina] and [First Base and infield coach Tim Bogar], get him on a stable routine and see. We at all times stated — and I stated this — as a second baseman, his toes, his footwork wanted to get higher, wanted to get faster, and he’s really labored actually laborious to try this.
“We’re going to present him a possibility to play shortstop for proper now, and like I stated, after I’m watching him on the market, and watching him fielding floor balls, now he’s beginning to get in a great place much more than he ever has, so if he can try this, I feel the throwing challenge goes to go away. And he units his toes up, he throws the ball, he turns his shoulders to his goal, and when he releases the ball, the ball ought to go to the place his goal is, so all of the stuff, like I stated, we obtained to proceed to work with him.”
Martinez stated the Nationals additionally had some organizational workers with the membership in Arizona over this weekend, to guage expertise and work with younger gamers like García to evaluate how the complete roster is performing.
“They’re going to — I would like them to work with the blokes — these guys, [Infield Coordinator] Jose Alguacil] has been round for a really very long time,” Martinez stated. “[Senior Advisor, Player Development, David Jauss] has been round for a really very long time. They know the sport. I do know Alguacil has labored with Luis [García] within the minor leagues, when he was down there, so I simply wished him to regulate him and see if there’s something that he’s doing totally different than he was down there. However they’re right here to guage not only one participant, however all our group.
“That’s what I like about these guys: After they come up right here, they consider our membership. We get scouted by different golf equipment, I like when our guys are available and be capable of consider our membership and we now have conversations about what we have to do to get higher.”
The fifth-year skipper stated the group’s infield coordinator was really impressed by the progress García’s made since he’s been again up and dealing on honing his craft.
“We had been on the market with him right this moment, Alguacil was on the market watching him and speaking to him, and sort of gave him a thumbs up and says, ‘Hey, his footwork is sweet, he’s getting higher. So, every part else will come.”
Martinez was requested if he was involved García had slipped some, or was moving into dangerous habits, however he stated there was nothing the infielder did to immediate the eye he’s getting.
“No, he’s really — after speaking to [Alguacil] and he watched [García] take floor balls, he stated his footwork is definitely a bit of bit higher, so it’s good, and he has improved, he actually has.
“I do know he’s had some lapses the place he’s thrown the ball away, however so far as getting higher jumps on balls, his routine has been lots higher.”