9. SS Eduardo Garcia
Back in 2018, the Brewers signed one of the best, and youngest players in the July 2 International signing period. Ranked No. 21 in the international class that year by MLB Pipeline, Eduardo Garcia couldn’t sign officially until July 10th, because that was his 16th birthday.
Garcia is already 6’2″ and 160 pounds, and he’s a very good athlete. An above-average defender at shortstop, Garcia has the tools to stick at the position moving forward. At shortstop, defensive excellence is a bigger priority than offensive excellence, which also explains why the Brewers stuck with Orlando Arcia at the position for so long.
There are a few similarities between Garcia and Arcia, in that they are both glove-first shortstops with their defense being the main force behind their climb to the big leagues. But Garcia is seen as a better hitter than Arcia was at this point in his career.
In his debut professional season last year in the Dominican Summer League, Garcia hit .313 with a .919 OPS in just 32 at-bats. He suffered a broken ankle in the middle of the season, cutting his year short, but he’s fully healthy for 2020.
As he continues to fill out his frame, Garcia’s power should continue to tick up, although he won’t be construed as a “power hitter”. There’s a lot to like about Garcia, and there’s a lot of potential. He only has 32 at-bats in his professional career under his belt, but he was off to a solid start.
There’s a good chance Garcia will come stateside this year, likely heading to the Arizona Brewers if he does.
He’s just 17 years old, and a long ways away from the big leagues, but Eduardo Garcia is a name to keep an eye on for the future, and he comes in at No. 9 on our preseason Top 25 prospect list.