He might not be here until next season, but the White Sox got a speedy infielder in return for Alex Rios, per a source.
Leury Garcia, the No. 20 prospect in the Texas Rangers system per Baseball America, is expected to be the player to be named later in a Friday trade that sent Rios to the American League West division leaders.
Garcia, 22, plays everywhere in the infield except first base and has seen time in center field. He possesses 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale and a 70 arm. Garcia also has enough of a glove to play shortstop but was blocked in the minors by Texas’ top prospect, Jurickson Profar.
The 5-7, 160-pound player has 155 steals in six seasons in the minors.
A switch-hitter, Garcia needs to develop at the plate, per Baseball America. He has a .261 average in the minors and only hit .192 in 57 plate appearances with Texas this season.
Per the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, “Garcia has the power to drive the ball into the gaps, but his swing tends to get too big.” The guide notes that Texas wanted to see Garcia emphasize “bunting, hitting the ball on the ground and working walks to take maximum advantage of his terrific speed.”
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The White Sox announced they will receive a player to be named later or cash in the deal.
Unless Garcia clears waivers, the White Sox would have to wait until November to acquire him.