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Giants likely to call up Aramis Garcia

The prospect will replace Buster Posey on the roster, and also probably in our hearts? No pressure, Aramis.

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According to Brian Sabean, who seems to have his finger on the pulse of the Giants organization, once Buster Posey officially goes on the DL to get surgery on his hip, the Giants are likely to call up prospect Aramis Garcia to back up Nick Hundley.

Garcia was a second round pick in 2014 out of Florida International University, where he led Conference USA in all three slash line stats his Junior year. He did well in Augusta in his first full season in the minors in 2015, and earned a promotion to San Jose late that year. Garcia struggled in San Jose in 2016, in large part because he suffered a facial fracture that caused him to miss quite a bit of the season.

Garcia came back strong in 2017, with an .808 OPS combined between San Jose and Richmond. He suffered through a protracted slump in Richmond this year, but eventually started hitting again and earned a promotion to Sacramento.

Jen Mac Ramos talked with Garcia last year for McCovey Chronicles, discussing his defense behind the plate, his injuries, his mindset while going through a slump, and more. Go check it out if you want to hear more from him. While he’s never been considered a plus defender, he does have a strong arm and scouts have seen steady improvement from him on that side of the ball throughout his career.

John Sickels rated him the Giants’ 10th best prospect coming into the year, saying:

rather old for just figuring out advanced minor league pitching but has been slowed by injuries; very good power, can be impatient and probably won’t hit for high averages in the majors but should contribute HRs; pretty good defensive catcher who can also play a competent first base

Welcome to the Giants (probably), Aramis Garcia.