As a weekly reminder of who's doing good things down in the minors, Giant Potential will name a "Prospect of the Week" every Thursday afternoon, along with a few honorable mentions, highlighting the best of San Francisco Giants hopefuls. It's week one and many position players are off to hot starts with the bat, but none hotter than the organization's top catching prospect, Aramis Garcia.
C, Aramis Garcia
- Age: 24
- Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Fla.
- Height/Weight: 6'2", 220 lbs
- Drafted: 2014, 2nd round
- College: Florida International
- Key Stats: 11 H, 2 HR, .423 AVG, .692 SLG
It shouldn't be too long before Aramis Garcia gets promoted to Double-A Richmond. He was on track to be moved up last season before a late-May slide into second base resulted in facial fractures that required surgery. The catcher is approaching 300 plate appearances in the California League, which is near the amount of trips to the plate similarly regarded prospects like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Austin Slater, and C.J. Hinojosa recorded before earning mid-season call-ups to the Eastern League. Duggar's 310 plate appearances were the most out of the bunch, with Slater owning the least at 265.
Garcia, sitting currently at 272, leads the league in slugging (.692) and is second in OPS (1.157) through the first week. He's done this all while striking out 21.4 percent of the time, which is a five percent drop from his strikeout rate last season. He's about a year-and-a-half older than the average age of league players, and the organization will likely want to get him up to Richmond to catch pitching prospects like Andrew Suarez, Jordan Johnson, Sam Coonrod, Cory Taylor, and Reyes Moronta. No offense to San Jose's pitching staff, but it's nothing close to the talent in Richmond at the moment, and if it's reasonable, the top catching prospect should probably be with the more talented arms.
- SS Jalen Miller: 11 H, 3 2B, .455 OBP, 12.1 BB%
- IF Christian Arroyo: 10 H, 3 2B, .417 AVG, 16.0 K%
- SS Ryan Howard: 11 H, 2 HR, .531 SLG, 14.7 K%
- IF Miguel Gomez: 9 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3.7 K%
- RHP Reyes Moronta: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
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