Garcia could be a legitimate fantasy contributor

Drew Silva tries to make sense of Washington Nationals SS Luis Garcia's torrid start and wonders if he can keep it going for the rest of the season.

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DREW SILVA: One of the best waiver wire adds here at the start of June is Nationals infielder Luis Garcia. He mostly struggled in his first taste of MLB competition between 2020-2021, but Garcia's back up in the bigs now and serving as the everyday shortstop for Washington in place of the injured Alcides Escobar. Call it post-type appeal with a prime opportunity to perhaps even run away with the Nationals starting shortstop gig, even when the veteran Escobar returns.

In his 79 games at Triple-A over the last two seasons, Garcia put up a .309 batting average, a .369 on base percentage, in .562 slugging percentage in 352 plate appearances. That's a .931 OPS with 21 home runs and 57 RBIs. Again, in 79 career games at Triple-A. He is also 7-19 with 5 RBIs in 5 games since returning to the Nats MLB roster. Garcia would not be the first late bloomer to suddenly emerge as a legitimate fantasy contributor and we can't actually label him as a late bloomer, given that he's only 22-years-old.