The Rangers announced Wednesday that they’ve designated outfielder Adolis Garcia for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster goes to right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, whose previously reported one-year contract is now official.
Garcia, 27, went 0-for-6 with a walk in seven plate appearances with Texas in 2020. That marked his first and now perhaps his only season with the organization. The Rangers originally acquired him from the Cardinals in exchange for cash in Dec. 2019.
Garcia has only 24 big league plate appearances to his name, and he hasn’t done much with them. He was an accomplished hitter in the Cuban National Series before defecting and eventually landing with the Cardinals, for whom he’s spent considerable time in Triple-A. Garcia’s free-swinging ways have resulted in a paltry OBP, but his power is readily apparent. In 1104 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis, he’s a .260/.299/.505 hitter with 57 homers, 58 doubles and a dozen triples.
Garcia has some speed, as evidenced by those triples and by 26 stolen bases. However, he’s not particularly efficient on the basepaths either; he’s been caught 14 times. Texas will have a week to trade him, release him or attempt to pass him through outright waivers. Garcia does have a minor league option remaining, so it’s possible an outfield-needy club will take a shot on his right-handed power despite the lack of plate discipline.