ADOLIS GARCIA
Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   RANGERS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 180 Throws:   R
DOB: 3/2/1990 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 5  
Birth City: Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Draft: 2017 - Cardinals - Free agent - Out of Cuba
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2014 NL CARDINALS   14 14 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 .333 .214 .143
2015 NL CARDINALS   49 75 7 18 5 0 2 4 0 0 10 12 .337 .387 .240
2016 NL CARDINALS   99 214 33 59 11 0 3 17 1 1 38 50 .393 .369 .276
2017 TL SPRINGFIELD   84 309 43 88 23 0 12 55 12 8 26 77 .339 .476 .285
2017 NL CARDINALS   133 241 27 61 9 2 2 20 2 1 37 64 .365 .332 .253
2018 NL CARDINALS   114 181 15 40 6 0 3 15 3 1 20 37 .309 .304 .221
2018 PCL MEMPHIS   112 406 62 104 25 4 22 71 10 3 14 99 .281 .500 .256
2019 PCL MEMPHIS   132 491 96 124 22 6 32 96 13 10 22 159 .301 .517 .253
2020 AL RANGERS $44.00 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .143 .000 .000
2021 AL RANGERS   149 581 77 141 26 2 31 90 16 5 32 194 .286 .454 .243
2022 AL RANGERS $748.00 156 605 88 151 34 5 27 101 25 6 40 183 .300 .456 .250
Personal
  • In 2015, García played for the Cuban national team at the Pan-American Games.

  • Adolis played for Ciego de Ávila of the Cuban National Series.

  • In 2016, Garcia defected from Cuba.

  • On April 20, 2016, he signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.

  • In 2017, Garcia signed with the Cardinals (see Transactions below).  

  • In 2018, García made his Major League debut with the Cardinals. He went 2-for-17 in 21 games. He did not appear in the Majors in 2019.

  • In 2019, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Adolis as the 15th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization.

  • 2020 Season: García appeared in only three games for Texas during his lone stint with the club from July 28-August 9. 

  • April 14, 2021: Adolis thought he had hit the first home run of his young career. So did most everyone else who watched it, including the announcers.

    During the Rangers' 5-1 victory over the Rays, García's drive plunked off the yellow line and a screen atop the right-center-field fence, just in front of the first row of seats. Thinking he had a homer, García took his time rounding first base.  But when he reached second and saw that the left fielder had chased after the ball, which had bounced back into play. García turned his motor on, now believing he had an inside-the-park homer in sight.

    García sprinted around the bases and seemed to avoid the tag at the plate for what was initially called an inside-the-park home run.  The wild play took two challenges before finally reaching a conclusion. First the original call of no home run was confirmed, because the ball had hit an area of the field that is in play at the Trop, one of the ballpark's quirks. Then the safe call at home was challenged and overturned, meaning García was denied not once but twice at a chance for his first career home run. 

    Though García was denied twice on a chance for his first career home run, he did get credit for his first Major League triple. More important, the call didn’t affect the final outcome of the game.  (Landry - mlb.com)

  • July 2021: Garcia was chosen as a reserve outfielder for the All-Star Game.

  • 2021 Season: Garcia's second half (.626 OPS) paled in comparison to his first (.840 OPS), but he still topped all rookies by far with 264 total bases and 90 RBIs to go along with 31 homers, good for second on the rookies list. He also stole 16 bases, and according to Baseball-Reference, posted a very impressive 1.6 defensive WAR for his work in the outfield.

    Garcia was named the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year.

  • Nov 15, 2021: Four years ago, Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena and Rangers outfielder Adolis García were roommates at their first Spring Training as members of the Cardinals' organization in 2017. And more than a decade before that, they grew up alongside each other in Cuba.

    Both finished in the top four of the AL Rookie of the Year voting. Arozarena took home the award, with a .274/.356/.459 slash line, 32 doubles and 69 RBIs. But when asked about the honor, he made sure to mention García.

    Arozarena told MLB Network after the award was announced that he felt like he was sharing the honor with García because of all they had been through together.

    "Adolis García, [Arozarena] is sharing this award with him and saying he was very important to him in his career,” said MLB Network’s Carlos Peña while interpreting for Arozarena on the broadcast. “[Arozarena] is saying, ‘Look, we'll split this 50-50. This is your award, too. Even though we play the same position, this is your award, too.’"(K Landry - MLB.com - Nov 15, 2021)

  • Aug 23, 2022: With one out and the game tied 3-3, García got a jump on strike three to Leody Taveras and successfully swiped third base, his 20th steal of the season. He joined Pudge Rodriguez, becoming just the second player in Rangers history to log a 20-20-20 campaign, with 20 homers, 20 steals and a 20-game hit streak all in a single season.

    “If Adolis plays daily and stays healthy, he could possibly be in anyone's company,” Beasley said of García’s rare triple-20. “There's no telling what he'll do. He's very dynamic on the baseball field.” (O Perkins - MLB.com - Aug 23, 2022)

  • Sept. 2022: Garcia decided to play for Team Cuba in the 2023 WBC.

  • 2022 Season: 27 HR, 101 RBI, 25 SB, .250 AVG, .756 OPS

    Garcia provides a rare mix of power and speed in the outfield which is very uncommon in today’s game. The production we’ve received from him is well beyond our expectations. Garcia broke out in 2021 and his power surge has never left him. Unfortunately, his plate discipline has become a glaring issue that has been boiling under the surface and might be ready to rear its ugly head.

    In 2022, Adolis Garcia was bottom 21 or worse in all plate discipline percentiles on stat cast. That includes K% (12th), BB% (21st), Whiff% (8th), and Chase% (9th). This means that despite his numbers when putting the ball in play, he was spending most of his at-bats swinging and missing at junk. Fortunately, this never returned to haunt Garcia as his offensive output remained throughout the season.

    This is despite being 13th in the league in CSW% and having the 10th-highest O-Swing% in the 2nd half (40.8%). CSW% is simply the percent of pitches called strikes that Garcia either swung and missed at or was just called for a strike.  (Jack Lindsay - Feb. 1, 2023)

  • July 2023: Adolis represented the Rangers at the All-Star Game. He also participated in the Home Run Derby.

  • It was June 9, and the Texas Rangers were in Tampa to play the Rays. As the teams warmed up and took batting practice, a small “chosen-family” reunion was taking place, as Adolis García and Randy Arozarena chatted together and embraced, catching up for so long that when the national anthem played, the two stood next to one another just behind second base.

    “Adolis is kind of like my brother,” Arozarena said later. “So much (so) that I named him the godfather of my daughter.”

    Asked if he had considered the possibility of being in the All-Star game with García, Arozarena smiled.

    “I thought about it, but we haven’t (talked about it),” he said at the time. “Even when I was speaking with him earlier today, I thought about asking him, but I said, ‘You know, I’m just going to wait it out.’ But it would be a really good story … to play together. That would be kind of cool.”

    If the decision not to talk about it was superstition, it worked. Not only will García and Arozarena make up two-thirds of the American League All-Star team’s starting outfield on Tuesday, but the two will face off in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night. Not bad for a pair of best friends who were traded away from the St. Louis Cardinals within a month of each other between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

    It’s easy to assume, since both players came from Cuba and are so close, that they’ve known each other their whole life. Not so, they say.

    “When we were in Cuba, we didn’t really know each other,” García says. “We played against each other a couple of times, but it wasn’t (a situation where) we knew each other well.”

    The real introduction came years later, after both had defected from Cuba — Arozarena in 2015, and García a year later after playing in Japan.

    “My first memory of him was when after we signed (with the Cardinals),” Arozarena says. “The first spring training, I opened the door to our room, and he’s there.”

    “He’s from Cuba; we hit it off,” García says. “Late into the night, he would always be on his phone, having the camera (out, making) phone calls. So it was just funny … we bonded right away.”

    “We talk about everything,” Arozarena says. “Obviously, we talk about baseball, because it’s our job and it’s the business. But when we hang out, we talk about everything.”

    “We talk about batting, everything that we can do to help each other out to get better,” García says.”We have a pretty good group in that offseason camp or program that works on the offensive side and works on strength training together. That includes Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Santana, Randy, myself. So we’re always trying to pick each other’s brains, see if we can find stuff that we can learn from someone else to help improve our game.”

    As to what the two have learned from each other, Arozarena mentions taking care of his body so that he can be productive over the course of a 162-game season. García mentions a stark difference from when the two were Cardinals farmhands: cutting down on the strikeouts by being more selective.

    “We’ve talked about how to get on base, how to control the strike zone, how to have better at-bats,” García explains. “It’s something I know that can help take my game to the next level.”

    It seems to be working: García’s chase rate this year is at a career-low 27.7 percent.

    Asked in June what Arozarena has learned from him, García chuckled.

    “He always says that he wants to hit more home runs.”

    That, too, appears to be working. Arozarena has 16 home runs, and should have no problem beating his career high of 20. On Monday night, we’ll find out if the student has become the master. (Weaver - Jul 10, 2023 - The Athletic)

  • Oct 24, 2023: Adolis Garcia, the Rangers’ cleanup hitter made history in the 2023 American League Championship Series, capped by a two-homer, five-RBI night in an 11-4 Game 7 win over the Astros. García’s 15 runs driven in became a new postseason best for a single series, and the records didn’t stop there.

    As committed as García was to sharing the glory with his teammates, when he hoisted the ALCS Most Valuable Player trophy at Minute Maid Park, the moment was his to savor. He did so with the same flair he’s sported all through the postseason. (J Kreuz - MLB.com - Oct 24, 2023)

  •  Growing up in Ciego De Avila, Cuba, Adolis was tagged with the nickname because of his light bulb shaped head via his neighborhood friends.

    While living in Cuba, Garcia played five seasons for the Cuban National Series. But, he wanted to achieve more and follow in the footsteps of his father and older brother, who both played professional baseball. The only way to do so was to travel over to Japan. 

    In his first steps of overcoming the hold that the Cuban government had on him, he had to venture far to play for the Yomiuri Giants. After just one season with the Giants, Garcia defected from Cuba to gain residency from the Dominican Republic, soon establishing him as an international free agent. Now on the market to come to the MLB, the Cardinals signed him for $2.5 million in February of 2017 to a minor league contract. (scottiespinazola|November 8, 2023)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • February 2017: Garcia signed with the Cardinals, out of Cuba. He signed for a bonus of $2.5 million, via scouts Matt Slater and Moises Rodriguez. 

  • Dec. 21, 2019: The Rangers acquired García from the Cardinals in exchange for cash.

  • Nov 2, 2023: Garcia elected free agency. 

  • Feb 8, 2024:  The Rangers signed star outfielder Adolis García to a two-year contract covering two years of arbitration. García's deal guarantees him $14 million. The deal can reach $20.25 million through a series of escalators including MVP finishes, plate appearances and All-MLB Team selections.

      

Batting
  • Garcia has 70 grade power from the right side of the plate. He has impressive bat speed.

  • Adolis does not have a good approach at the plate. He swings wildly, lacking plate discipline. He will have a stretch where he seems to put it together, waits for a fastball and stays behind the ball. But those stretches don't last. (Spring, 2019)

  • 2019 Season: García had a .253/.301/.517 slash line with 32 home runs in 132 games for Triple-A Memphis in the 2019 season. García made his Major League debut in 2018, going 2-for-17 in 21 games for St. Louis. He did not appear in the Majors in 2019 and retains his rookie status.

  • April 26, 2021: García was named the AL Player of the Week. García hit .333 and slugged .875 for the week with four home runs and nine RBIs.

    In the process, he completed a stretch of homering 5 times in his first 10 games of the season. The first three of those home runs gave the Rangers a lead, making him the third player in franchise history to hit go-ahead homers for his first three career home runs, after Jurickson Profar in 2012-2013 and Billy Sample in 1979.

    It's the first career Player of the Week Award for García. (D Adler - MLB.com - April 2)

  • July 9, 2021:  Adolis hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning for his 15th go-ahead RBI of the season.  He now has 61 RBI on the campaign, passing David Murphy's club record (60 RBI in 2008) for most by a rookie prior to the All-Star break in Rangers history.  He's also just the 9th rookie in Major League history with at least 20 HR and 60 RBI prior to the All-Star break.

  • Aug. 10, 2021: He’s been the most clutch rookie in MLB history. With his ninth inning blast Tuesday night, Adolis became the first rookie ever to hit four go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later in one season, according to Stats by STATS.

  • Sept. 26, 2021: García's RBI double gave him 256 total bases on the season, breaking the Rangers rookie record set by Mark Teixeira in 2003. García also broke the Rangers rookie for outfield assist on Sunday as he recorded his 15th of the season. 

  • Sept 28, 2021: García drove in a run on a grounder as part of a four-run frame for the Rangers. He tacked on another RBI on a single to up his season total to 88, which tied the Rangers' rookie record set by Pete Incaviglia in 1986. (K Landry - MLB.com - Sept 29, 2021)

  • Aug. 22, 2022: With a homer, he tied Elvis Andrus (2018) and Adrián Beltré (2011) for the longest hitting streak by a Rangers batter in the past 12 seasons. The longest hitting streak in Texas history is held by Gabe Kapler (28 games in 2000).

  • Oct. 4, 2022: It was García’s 27th homer of the season, bringing his RBI total to exactly 100 after logging 90 in his rookie year in 2021. He became the first Rangers hitter to log a 100-RBI season since Nomar Mazara in 2017.

    García also joins Iván Rodríguez and Alfonso Soriano as the only Texas hitters to log 25 homers, 25 stolen bases and 100 RBIs in a season.

  • April 22, 2023: Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia had himself quite a Saturday night in the team's 18-3 win over the Oakland A's.

    Garcia hit three home runs in the first five innings of the game, and then added a pair of doubles in his remaining two plate appearances while also driving in eight runs. 
     
    It was not only a career night for Garcia, it also put him in very exclusive company.

    He is just the fourth player in major league history to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game, and the first player in American League history to ever accomplish it. (Adam Gretz)

Fielding
  • Adolis is a solid right fielder with his very strong arm. And he has the speed to play center field.

  • Garcia's arm is rated at 80 by most scouts.

  • 2023 Season: García landed his first Gold Glove thanks to 11 outfield assists and one of the game's best arms. His arm ranked in the 98th percentile in value and in the 95th percentile in strength.
Running
  • Adolis has above-average speed. He is a 60 grade runner.
  • In 2022 with the Rangers, he stole 25 bases.
Career Injury Report
  • Sept. 7-18, 2023: García, the American League leader with 100 RBIs, was placed on the 10-day injured list after an MRI revealed a patella tendon strain in his right knee.