Infielder Garcia Comes to White Sox in Rios Deal

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Official White Sox Release on the Acquisition of Leury Garcia

The Chicago White Sox have acquired infielder Leury (lay-OOH-ree) Garcia from the Texas Rangers as the player to be named later from the August 9 trade in which Chicago sent outfielder Alex Rios and cash considerations to Texas.

Garcia, 22, is hitting .264 (51-193) with four home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games this season with Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.  He has made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Garcia made the Rangers Opening Day roster, batting .192 (10-52) with eight runs scored in 25 games.  He made nine starts at second base and two each at shortstop and third before being optioned to Round Rock on June 15.  Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the No. 20 Prospect, Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers organization.

A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia is a career .261 (468-1,794) hitter with 13 home runs, 143 RBI, 258 runs scored and 155 stolen bases in 475 games over five minor-league seasons in the Rangers organization.  He has played in 400 games at shortstop, 58 at second base and 14 in center field.

Garcia, who has been successful on 78.3 percent (155-198) of his career stolen-base attempts in the minor leagues, was cited by Baseball America as the Fastest Baserunner in the Texas organization after the 2011-12 campaigns.  He recorded 30-plus steals each season from 2010-12, including a career-high 51 in 2010.

His best season came in 2012 when he batted .292 (110-377) with 11 triples, 31 stolen bases and 55 runs scored in 100 games with Class AA Frisco.  Garcia, who will be optioned to Class AAA Charlotte, originally was signed by Texas as a free agent on December 5, 2007.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.