Maikel resides in La Sabana, Venezuela...According to a story by MLB.com’s Michael Charles, Maikel is the cousin of former Royal Alcides Escobar Garcia is the eighth member of his family to play in the Majors, following his uncles, Kelvim Escobar and Jose Escobar, his cousins, Edwin Escobar and Angel Escobar, Vicente Campos and Ronald Acuña Jr…Garcia and Acuña Jr. work out together during the offseason.
He set career highs across the board in 2022, playing in 118 games between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, batting .285 with 34 doubles, 11 HR, 61 RBI and 39 stolen bases, and was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star...Among Royals farmhands in 2022, Garcia ranked first in hits (139), doubles (34) and runs (104, tied), second in extra-base hits (46) and third in total bases (tied, 208)...Garcia had three stints with the Royals, from July 14-17, July 28-Aug. 4 and Aug. 15-18...He recorded his first career hit in the third inning off Gerrit Cole on July 29 at Yankee Stadium…his second and third hits came in the fifth and ninth innings, respectively, making him the fourth visiting player to record a three-hit game within his first three career games at the new Yankee Stadium...Garcia hit .400 (6-for-15) during the four-game series in the Bronx from July 29-31...Prior to his recall on July 14, he led the Naturals with 88 hits, 23 doubles and 27 steals…among Texas League players at the time, his hits ranked third in the league, his doubles fourth and his 58 runs ranked sixth...He had a 14-game hit streak from April 27-May 12 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, during which he batted .397 (23-for-58)...Garcia played in 58 games with La Guaira of the 2022-23 Venezuelan Winter League and slashed .323/.444/.498 (65-for-201) while leading the league with 46 walks...he also tied for the league lead with five triples, ranked second in runs (48) and steals (10), tied for fourth in extra-base hits (22) and fifth in total bases (100).
Recorded career-highs across the board, slashing .291/.380/.405 with 21 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 50 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 104 games between Low-A Columbia and High-A Quad Cities...his .291 average ranked second among Royals farmhands...Named Columbia Player of the Year after batting .303 (59-for-195) with a .409 on-base percentage and 24 steals in 27 attempts in 51 games with the Fireflies...at the time of his promotion on July 13, he ranked fourth among Low-A East hitters in walks (38) and steals, and fifth in on-base percentage...Tied for fourth among Royals farmhands with 35 steals and tied for the organization lead with seven triples...Had a 23-game on-base streak from July 29-Aug. 26, a stretch that included a 10-game hit streak from Aug. 1-12...Batted .347 (33-for-95) vs. left-handed pitchers, but 24 of his 32 extra-base hits (including all 4 HR) came vs. right-handed pitchers...Had nine three-hit games and a season-high four hits on Aug. 10 with Quad Cities...Started 89 games at shortstop and 13 as the designated hitter...charged with 11 errors in 329 chances for a .967 fielding percentage...Added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 19, 2021.
Named an Appalachian League postseason All-Star after batting .286 (63-for-220) with 41 runs and 34 RBI in 55 games with Burlington...Named Appalachian League Player of the Week for the period from Aug. 4-10, in which he hit .462 (12-for-26) with four extra-base hits and seven RBI in six games.