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.
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.