Rangers Will Give Garcia A Look In Center
ARLINGTON—General manager Jon Daniels slipped in a surprise name during
the Winter Meetings while running down the Rangers' depth at center
field, and he wasn't delirious from all the rumors and recycled air at
the Opryland hotel.
, a shortstop by trade, will spend part of his first big
league spring training experimenting in center field. He roamed the
outfield previously, playing a handful of games there in 2012 and even
on occasion in the Dominican League.
The 21-year-old, signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, brings
more than enough speed and a strong arm to the position, and he also has
and Jurickson Profar
blocking his path to the major
leagues at shortstop.
"These are famously last words, but it's probably going to be
challenging to crack the lineup at shortstop here," Daniels said. "But
he's talented. He's a switch-hitter who loves to play and can do a lot
of different things."
The Rangers have also been impressed by Garcia's teammate at Double-A
Frisco, Engel Beltre
. Like Garcia, Beltre has been in the organization
since 2007, when he signed as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican
Republic, and the Rangers are hopeful a hot summer is a sign that he has
Beltre finished the regular season strong, earning Texas League player
of the month honors for July and carrying that over to the World
Baseball Classic qualifier as a member of Spain's national team.
He was the Dominican League's top hitter though the first 20 games, and
has been a regular in the Licey lineup. It won't be easy for Garcia or
Beltre, both members of the 40-man roster, to get into the mix, but
they'll be given a chance.
"They've got to prove some things, but they're guys we feel could play a
role at some point," Daniels said. "They've got to come into camp and
• The Rangers used the Rule 5 draft for possible bullpen help, snatching
righthander Coty Woods
from the Rockies. The Rangers liked how Woods
pitched in the Arizona Fall League (3.18 ERA in 11 innings) after
struggling at Triple-A (7.40 ERA in 21 innings).
• Righthander Wilfredo Boscan
, who was Rule 5-eligible but not selected,
was shipped to the Padres to complete a trade for righty Cory Burns
Boscan pitched all of 2012 at Double-A Frisco before heading to the
Venezuelan League, where he was its ERA leader (1.53) in mid-December.