DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Florida State League announced Monday that Daytona Tortugas SS José García has been named the circuit's Player of the Week for August 19-25. It is the first time a Daytona position player has been recognized by the league since 1B Ibandel Isabel was honored from August 6-12, 2018.
Over six games during the week, García slashed an impressive .500/.571/.708 line with an OPS of 1.280. The 21-year-old tallied a stellar .500 average (12-24) with seven runs scored, two doubles, a home run, five runs batted in, three walks, and three stolen bases. During that span, the Havana, Cuba native led the FSL in batting average (.500), on-base percentage (.571), slugging percentage (.708), OPS (1.280). García additionally was tied for first in hits (12), second in total bases (17), and third in runs scored (7) and stolen bases (3).
The award is the second of García's two-year professional career. As a member of Low-A Dayton in 2018, the slick-fielding shortstop earned Midwest League Player of the Week for August 13-19. He is the second Tortuga to be recognized by the league this year, joining LHP Reíver Sanmartín who was named the FSL's Pitcher of the Week for May 20-26.
García has been stupendous for the Tortugas throughout the 2019 campaign. Despite missing the first 20 games of the campaign while on the injured list, the right-handed swinger enters the final week of the regular season ranked first in the circuit in extra-base hits (44) and doubles (36). García is also third in slugging (.431), fourth in OPS (.776), tied for fifth in total bases (169), and eighth in batting average (.281). The Pompano Beach, Fla. resident was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent on June 10, 2017.
The Tortugas open up their final homestand of the regular season on Monday with a four-game series against the St. Lucie Mets, the High-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Daytona is expected to hand the ball to RHP Ryan Lillie (3-8, 3.35 ERA), while St. Lucie is projected to counter with RHP Jaison Vilera (2-1, 3.60 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off coverage at 6:50 p.m. ET, leading up to the 7:05 p.m. ET start at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Monday evening's contest can be heard on daytonatortugas.com or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.
It will be a Belly Buster Monday presented by Marco's Pizza. Starting at just $13, fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and popcorn along with their game ticket.
Single-game tickets are still currently available and can be purchased online at www.daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas' Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.
ABOUT THE DAYTONA TORTUGAS
The Daytona Tortugas are the High-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Florida State League. The Tortugas play at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach, Fla. Jackie Robinson Ballpark also plays host to Bethune-Cookman University, the Beijing Shougang Eagles of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and many large community events and initiatives throughout the season.
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