Cuban infielder/outfielder Yosvani Garcia held a showcase for interested clubs in the Dominican Republic yesterday, and 20 Major League clubs were represented, MLBTR has learned. Four teams from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball were present to watch the 26-year-old Garcia as well.
Garcia’s best tool is his speed, and he checked in at a 6.3 and 6.22 on his 60-yard dash in Santo Domingo yesterday. Major League Baseball declared Garcia a free agent earlier this month, and his age and experience make him exempt from the league’s international spending limitations.
In parts of five seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, Garcia batted .280/.375/.352, showing little power to accompany his speed but a contact-oriented approach (14.8 K%) and a respectable eye at the plate (9.3 BB%). While his skill set differs from the ones that netted Jose Abreu, Yasmany Tomas, Yasiel Puig and Rusney Castillo their hefty paydays, recent contracts for outfielders with lesser power indicate that Garcia could still take home notable money. Daniel Carbonell received a $3.5MM guarantee when signing with the Giants last year, and this past offseason, Dian Toscano received a four-year, $6MM contract from the Braves. Garcia is being represented by agent Christopher Fanta of Pro Talent Sports Group.