- Full name Garvis Jose Lara
- Born 05/19/1996 in Bani, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: L / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
The Marlins signed Lara for $100,000 in 2013, and he impressed the club with his defense at shortstop, athleticism and contact skills from the left side of the plate. In the dirt, he has good actions, quick feet and an easy plus arm. He shows good anticipation at the position despite his age and is able to cover a lot of ground. Lara committed 19 errors in 47 games (.922 fielding percentage) in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2015, but the Marlins say the majority of his errors came on throws, which they believe is a lack of discipline but not skill. He is a high-energy player with a good game clock. At bat, Lara began to switch-hit in 2015, and he is far more advanced from his natural left side. He is content to put the ball in play but flashes gap power with a swing conducive to hitting line drives. In time, the Marlins believe Lara could develop into a player who hits 10 homers. Lara has tick above-average speed and strong instincts on the bases. He will be 20 in 2016 and could be ready for an assignment to low Class A Greensboro.