Braves rookie Adonis Garcia starting to live up to his name

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.

“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.

(h/t Albany Herald)