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Leury Garcia (SS/OF, CHW) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups


BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 21% of leagues

ANALYSIS: If you don’t know him by now, you will never never never know him. Yes, it sounds like a song lyric but it is applicable to 28-year-old Garcia. Garcia isn’t changing with the times; he is what he is. His version of a fun-ball revolution amounts to seven long balls. So, the primary reason for owning him is the potential for runs and stolen bases. Yes, runs are a category so don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t important. Thus far, Garcia has accrued 81 runs (ranks 32nd in baseball) to go with a .284AVG.

Let’s not pretend that he’s a perfect gem that no one knows about; Garcia has his own issues. He puts his speed to the test every at-bat as he routinely pounds the ball into the ground (55%). Also, his 86.8mph average exit velocity leaves a lot to be desired. However, his 15 stolen bases demonstrate he has the speed to overcome these shortcomings. Garcia only has a six-game schedule this week, which isn’t optimal. Hitting atop a lineup, albeit a weak White Sox lineup, provides an opportunity to generate some beneficial counting stats.


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