Every year since 2012, we’ve spent some time after the season looking back at those that wore the Birds on the Bat. Whether it’s a bit player that got into just a couple of games or someone that played almost every day, we’ll look at their stats, their positives, their negatives, and grade them based on what we would have expected from them. The stat line is from their time in St. Louis, though splits and other numbers may include time with other teams, if applicable. Think of this as like the players packing up their locker and then seeing Mike Shildt before they head off for the winter. Once again, our great header work comes to us from cardinalsgifs, who continues to be a master.
Player: Adolis Garcia
Season stats: 21 G, 17 PA, 3 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 7 K, .118/.118/.176, -21 OPS+, -0.3 bWAR
Overall grade: C
Positives: Made his major league debut on August 8, starting against the Miami Marlins….got his first major league hit the next time out against the Kansas City Royals….hit 22 home runs in Memphis, his only minor league home for the season….hit .354 with 10 home runs in July, posting a 1.145 OPS….hit .333 in 78 at bats against left-handers….hit .378 when he was batting fourth for the Redbirds….hit .293 with one out….hit .316 with a .989 OPS when he was ahead in the count….hit .300 with 12 home runs after the AAA All-Star Game.
Negatives: Drew only 14 walks all season between Memphis and St. Louis….his most memorable major league moment was his stumble and fall as he rounded third and tried to score against the Brewers in the last week of the season….10 of his 17 major league at bats came in his first three games….struck out 99 times in 112 games at Memphis….hit just .145 in May….struggled hitting fifth (.211) or sixth (.192) for the Redbirds….hit .220 with a .663 OPS with runners in scoring position at AAA….hit .188 when behind in the count at Memphis.
Overview: The player known by the Prospects After Dark crowd as JAG lost a little bit of his luster this season, it seemed to me. Of course, the outfield situation is completely clogged but it feels like there’s some question about whether Garcia’s power can translate to the big league level. The Cardinals didn’t really get a full taste of that, as Garcia was often limited to pinch-running or getting one late at-bat here or there in September. It’s obvious that Garcia does have some power–22 home runs in Memphis isn’t nothing–but whether he can adapt and adjust still remains to be seen.
Outlook: The Cardinal outfield situation isn’t likely to get any less crowded over the winter and could be even more so if they go snag Bryce Harper. Garcia’s most likely scenario is playing another season at Memphis with an occasional call up or, if he plays well enough, a trade to a team that needs outfield help a little more than St. Louis does right now.