A. Garcia likes view from center field
CHICAGO -- During his three games with the White Sox, Avisail Garcia already has played in both center field and right field. The 22-year-old has no real preference, but seems to enjoy the view more from center.
"When they are hitting, you can see everything from center field and you feel more comfortable there," Garcia said. "You know where the ball is.
"But wherever they put me, I'm going to play hard. I'll like it. Just try to focus on my game."
Garcia is new to the White Sox, but as manager Robin Ventura stressed Saturday, he's certainly not new to the Major Leagues. He played 53 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons, including 12 postseason games and three in the World Series, before being dealt to Chicago on July 30 as part of a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.
So the adjustment period for Garcia is more about switching teams than going from the Minors to the Majors. That adjustment was aided before Alex Rios was traded to Texas on Friday by Garcia playing eight games with Triple-A Charlotte, where Knights manager Joel Skinner was impressed by the versatile talent.
"He has some power, drove runs in, had a couple of infield hits, threw a kid out at the plate, showed arm strength," said Skinner. "He's a big strider. He chews up ground on the open road, which you see on the bases also. There were balls hit to the left side of the diamond he beat out or where infielders tried to rush their play.
"It's an interesting time for a young player. He just got traded, it's a new clubhouse, and there's the adjustment period. He's a nice, quiet young man and well mannered."