The Atlanta Braves had little reason to believe rookie Adonis Garcia would live up to his name – at least until he arrived in the majors.
Garcia has displayed surprising power in his brief tenure with the Braves, clubbing a pair of home runs and hitting safely in all four games since he was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The Cuban third baseman has made both of his homers count. He delivered a tiebreaking blast in a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and followed that up one night later with a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Zach Britton in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
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“We’ve seen it now twice where it’s right-center power with some juice,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Albany (Ga.) Herald of the 30-year-old Garcia. “It’s a short, quick bat.”
Garcia, a stocky 190-pounder who stands a mere 5-foot-9, doesn’t evoke the image of an Adonis – and his power numbers after leaving Cuba certainly belied the name.
He hit a total of 18 homers in three seasons in the New York Yankees’ minor-league system and notched only three in 86 games with Gwinnett before his recent promotion.