Phillies prospect Yhoswar Garcia is showing eye-catching power at the plate.
The Philadelphia Phillies have a rising outfield prospect you main not know about. His nickname is “The Drone” — named after his athleticism and speed.
Signed to the organization just two years ago, 20-year-old Venezuela native Yhoswar Garcia appears to have added eye-catching power to his increasingly expanding professional baseball resume.
Shortly after the big-league team’s revised 2022 Grapefruit League schedule was released early Friday evening, Phillies minor-league hitting coordinator Jason Ochart shared a video of Garcia turning a 96 miles per hour pitch into a long, no-doubt 101 miles per hour home run.
Considering defending National League MVP Bryce Harper is the only current Phillies outfielder signed long-term, the organization has to like what it is seeing out of Garcia just early on into his career.
This sudden power from Garcia is surely welcomed, as Garcia went homerless in 18 games and 77 plate appearances last season with the Low-A Clearwater Threshers. Garcia also collected just 14 singles, one double, and one triple, while logging eight RBI and six walks amid 23 strikeouts.
In a recent interview with Meridiano, Garcia’s high expectations heading into the 2022 season are cited. The article also discusses the prospect’s professional career being delayed due to a discrepancy between his real and reported age. Not to mention, the COVID-19 pandemic forcing Garcia to stay at home, contributing to his poor .229/.299/.271 slash line in 2021.
New Director of Player Development Preston Mattingly went on to note that focus on Garcia’s lower body has helped him connect to the ball with his upper body.
So far, whatever Mattingly and his colleagues have done to help Garcia, it surely appears to be working.