Garcia off to scorching start with Saguaros

Nationals No. 2 prospect collects four hits in Fall League opener

Luis Garcia tied for second in the Eastern League with 135 hits and ranked seventh with 66 runs scored. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova / MiLB.com | September 19, 2019 12:29 AM

There was nothing surprising about this start for Luis Garcia.

The second-ranked Nationals prospect went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Opening Night in the Arizona Fall League as the Saguaros beat Glendale, 4-2, on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch.


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Garcia recorded a pair of four-hit efforts during the regular season with Double-A Harrisburg. On June 8, he went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI at Reading, then collected four singles, drove in a pair of runs and scored once in an 11-2 victory over Richmond on July 2.

Against the Desert Dogs, MLB.com's No. 92 overall prospect fell behind, 0-2, against right-hander Jordan Johnson before finding a hole on the left side of the infield for knock in the opening frame. He stole second and came around to score two batters later on a single to left by Senators teammate Jakson Reetz.

In the third, the 19-year-old laced a double to right and came home on a single by Royals prospect Travis Jones.

After flying out to begin the sixth, Garcia lined a single to center off righty Vince Arobio in the seventh and hammered another base hit to right against Dauri Moreta with two out in the ninth.

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Garcia spent the year in the Eastern League, where he posted a .257/.280/.337 slash line with four dingers, four triples, 22 doubles, 66 runs scored and 30 RBIs in 129 games. 

Yankees prospect Josh Stowers launched a solo homer to left in the seventh for Surprise.

A pair of long balls accounted for Glendale's offense as No. 11 White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo and Dodgers outfielder Jeren Kendall went yard.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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