Ventura thinks Garcia could improve pitch selection

Ventura thinks Garcia could improve pitch selection
September 28, 2013, 5:15 pm
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If there’s one aspect of Avisail Garcia’s game Robin Ventura wants to see improvement in, it’s the rookie’s pitch selection.

But the White Sox manager said he’s already seen his outfielder show he has the ability to do so.

Garcia, 22, has done just about everything asked of him since he arrived in the majors on Aug. 9, whether its show off his big arm, his smooth skills on the bases or nice bat. Since his arrival, Garcia has a .314/.338/.464 line with five homers and 21 RBIs in 160 plate appearances.

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The only negative thus far is Garcia has struck out 37 times and walked only five.

“For most guys it's got to be pitch selection,” Ventura said. “When you’re younger you’re not as good with pitch selection and things like that. But he has been improving. That’s something about getting him up here and letting him play and seeing how he responds and does things. We have seen improvement since he has been up here just being able to put the ball in play and fight off pitches. Sometimes guys just have that innate ability to do that, and he seems to be one of those who does.”

Garcia hasn’t slowed down at all despite the team’s poor performance. In the eight games he has played since his daughter was born, Garcia is hitting .364 with three homers and eight RBIs. His goal is to take advantage of the time he has left to improve.

“You’ve got to be focused for the next season and focused for these games,” Garcia said on Thursday. “You’ve got to finish strong, keep in mind the next season and work hard in the offseason and get ready for the full season.”