The White Sox right fielder said he has lost about 18 pounds, and is already seeing a promising payoff in the young season. Garcia went 3-for-4 with his first home run and fell a double shy of the cycle as the White Sox beat the Twins 6-2 on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"I feel more alive," said Garcia, who is 8-for-16 at the plate. "I lost a lot of weight, and I feel more alive and more confident."
Garcia said he dropped the pounds to run faster, and as a result, his legs feel better every day. He's listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. He got in shape by working out at 5 a.m. and replacing some of his steak meals with chicken and fish.
"I don't want to get fat," he said.
Garcia's two-run home run during a three-run sixth Saturday traveled 442 feet, and had an exit velocity of 107.3 mph, according to Statcast™.
"He's just been trying to work middle, the other way, a little bit more consistently," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's not trying to hit homers. He's just trying to have good at-bats. He's finding when he chokes up a little bit with two strikes, it allows the ball to travel a little bit deeper. He's a strong man. If he puts the barrel on the baseball, it has a chance to travel and it happened today."
Garcia also hit an RBI triple in the second. He scored when he was picked off of third after an unsuccessful bunt attempt by Geovany Soto. Third baseman Miguel Sano committed a throwing error on the play, allowing Garcia to score.