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Jan 10, 2004 - Jan 11, 2004   White  15
Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-4 190   S/R

FB
91
60
7.08
40
OF
IF
1B
C
88
Pop
1.75
Range
91
CB
76
SL
CH
82
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
We hardly recognized Garcia when he arrived at Terry Park in Fort Myers. His former lanky 6-4 frame had matured with about 20 pounds of good muscle both in his shoulders and in his hips and thighs. Physically, Garcia would look like he belonged if he walked into a big league club house right now. The raw tools would fit, too. Garcia uncorked an unreal 88 mph throw from behind the plate and recorded pop times of 1.75 and 1.78 in the skills workout. Garcia hit the ball well in BP and showed that his increased strength has added to his bat speed, but he still has a fairly long, grooved swing that will need some adjusting at the pro level. The other option, of course, is on the mound. Garcia threw an inning at the World Showcase and was 89-91 mph with a 73-76 mph curveball and surprisingly advanced 81 mph change up. With some experience and polish on his mechanics, it would be surprising if Garcia didn’t add 3-5 mph to his pitches pretty quickly. Garcia is a good student who has signed to attend South Carolina. He's one of trhe top defensive catchers in the country, he has big power potential with the bat and he might be drafted early as a pitcher. Christian has created a lot of interest and it's all deserved.
PG Grade 10.0




Aug 23, 2003 - Aug 23, 2003     
Lee County Sports Complex (Twins) - Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-4 190   S/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
Pop
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance




Jun 13, 2003 - Jun 15, 2003   Green  16
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-4 175   S/R

FB
90
60
7.49
40
OF
IF
1B
C
84
Pop
1.87
Range
90
CB
77
SL
CH
79
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Scouts will show as much anxiety over the multi-talented Garcia as any player in the country this year, and we’re no different. Questions like “Will he be able to hit quality pitching?”, “Should he hit left handed?”, “Should he pitch more and be considered a pitching prospect?” all come right to mind when you’ve seen the 6-4 Miami native play enough. Garcia’s well above average tool is his arm strength. He has abnormally long, lean and flexible legs and arms and when he gets everything going in the same direction, he has 65-70 arm strength on the pro scouts grading scale. His pop times in Lincoln were higher than his norm (1.93-1.98), as we think he was trying to be too quick, but that part of his game isn’t a concern. Garcia shifts very quickly behind home plate and with his long limbs seems to cover most of the dirt cutout at home plate. The immediate concern is projecting Garcia’s bat. His long arms give him excellent extension and make his swing look smooth as silk, but they also create a long, single path swing that makes him especially vulnerable to average and above pitching. We think that Garcia should seriously consider putting more effort into switch-hitting. He’s dabbled in the left side of the batter’s box before, including during BP in Lincoln, and his swing looks crisper and shorter from that side. Many scouts encourage Garcia to throw more, including Perfect Game. He threw an inning on the last day of the Showcase and was 88-90 mph with a big, sharp curveball that touched 77 mph. With more repetitions and some smoothing out of his delivery, Garcia’s ceiling as a pitcher is enormous. In the mean time he is a big time catching prospect. He has lots of room to add strength. That added strength could be the ticket to success with the wood bat. Scouts that discount his bat could be making a major mistake. He's an excellent prospect both ways. Don't be surprised if he's drafted early. If not, look for him at a major college power. Chris is a very good student.
PG Grade 10.0




Jan 03, 2003 - Jan 05, 2003     
Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-4 175   S/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
84
Pop
1.93
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
One of the top catchers in Florida. Big time projection. Outstanding baseball body and a real hose from behind the plate. He creates plus bat speed and will get even stronger. His whip like arm will cause scouts to want to see him pitch. Huge upside!
PG Grade 10.0




Jun 08, 2002 - Jun 09, 2002     
Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-3 176   S/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
81
Pop
1.97
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Watch out for Garcia. He could become a high draft down the road. Super baseball body that projects to get much stronger. Big arm and he looks very athletic behind the dish. Shows bat speed and hitting potential for the highest levels. Possible real deal!
PG Grade 9.0




Jan 04, 2002 - Jan 06, 2002     
Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Garcia
RHP C 6-4 190   S/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
78
Pop
2.00
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Garcia is a switch-hitting catcher who showed good arm strength, a projectable body and hitting ability. He popped a 2.0 flat to 2B with soft hands and has a good exchange. He handled some of the toughest pitchers without difficulty. At the plate he had nice mechanics and quick hands.
PG Grade 8.5