Last night, in a game that finished very late due to a 2-hour rain delay, Harold Garcia, the Clearwater Threshers’ 23-year-old second baseman, tied a record that had lasted almost 60 years in the FSL (Joe Altobelli, 1951), hitting in his 36th consecutive game (he was 1/3 with a first-inning HR and a HBP).
NOTE: GARCIA BROKE THE RECORD SUNDAY, JULY 4th, WITH AN RBI SINGLE IN THE FIRST INNING.
Below are some details on his Philies’ career.
Garcia began his career in the VSL in 2005 as an 18-year-old. He was born in Maracaibo, VZ. His first two years in the VSL he looked like he’d never make the trip to the states, hitting only about .250 overall, although he drew a ton of walks and hit with more power in 2006. In 2007 he had a solid year as the regular 2B in the VSL, hitting for a higher average, and stealing a few more bases.
He went to the GCL in 2007 as a 21-year-old and put up a 900+ OPS as a good player his age should have. He drew enough walks and 40% of his hits were for extra bases. He was Lakewood’s regular 2B last year, and posted a 765 OPS in a league where the average OPS is in the 600′s. He also stole 42 bases (in 54 tries). He’s a switch-hitter who is stronger from the left side, posting a 962 OPS versus righties this year versus 720 against portsiders. He’s always hit righties, one of his significant improvements over the last three years is he’s improved as a RH hitter, going from .196 in the GCL to .222 at Lakewood to .300 for the Threshers.
The guy is tiny and wears one of those oversized helmets that make everyone look like Marvin the Martian, particularly small guys. He’s headed to Reading as soon as his streak ends (or he breaks the record), and probably on the fringe of our top-ten prospects right now, even given his age. If he hits at all at Reading, he’ll make the 40-man roster this winter. He plays some 3B now as well as 2B, started playing there a bit more this season.