The White Sox wanted major-league-ready talent if they were going to trade some of their established, big-name players at this year's trade deadline. It looks like that's exactly what will happen in the return for Jake Peavy.
The White Sox made official their trade Tuesday night that sent Peavy to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team deal also involving the Detroit Tigers. The Sox received Tigers minor league outfielder Avisail Garcia, as well as three low-level Red Sox minor leaguers in infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken.
But Garcia is certainly the headliner.
"Garcia is a very young, five-tool player who already has spent time in the major leagues," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a press release. "Our scouts are extremely optimistic about his future and view him as a potential impact talent for many years to come."
You might remember Garcia from such postseason series as the 2012 ALCS and World Series, where he was a fixture of the Tigers' playoff lineup. Overall in last year's playoffs, Garcia batted .261 in 12 games with four RBI. But his ALCS performance against the Yankees particularly stood out, as he went 5-for-11 with a double and three of those RBI, not to mention a stolen base.
Garcia, 22, entered 2013 ranked the No. 2 prospect in Detroit's system by Baseball America, as well as the No. 74 prospect in all of baseball. He's been at a couple different levels this year, though, battling injury along the way.
He suffered a heel contusion in spring training that kept him off the big league roster out of camp. He eventually made it back to Triple-A Toledo and then up to the Tigers for 30 games played between mid-May and July 1 in which he hit .241 with two homers and 10 RBI. Garcia played a total of 32 games at Toledo, where he posted a .382/.414/.549 slash line to go along with five home runs and 23 RBI.
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He's often drawn comparisons to current Tigers star and defending Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, mostly due to a physical resemblance. Like Cabrera, he also is a native of Venezuela. They call him "Miggy Jr."
The White Sox announced that Garcia will be assigned to Triple-A Charlotte, but it doesn't figure to be too long before he arrives on the South Side. He fits the description of the caliber of player that Hahn & Co. were looking for. He was leaned on heavily down the stretch for a Tigers team that made it all the way to the World Series, and, if not for Detroit's offseason acquisition of Torii Hunter, he might have been in a similar position this year.