VSL Cardinals Player of the Year: 2009

VSL Cardinals Player of the Year: 2009

Hector Garcia delivered the top performance by a position player on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

The chart below shows that three separate players led the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals in batting each month - Jem Argenal, Anthony Fonseca and Hector Garcia. It is also worth noting that Garcia was the only player of all listed who was able to keep his batting average at or above .250 each month.

100+ at-bats May Jun Jul/Aug
H AB avg. H AB avg. H AB avg.
Jem Argenal 12 31 0.387 14 62 0.226 25 92 0.272
Alex. Castellano 13 39 0.333 8 41 0.195 6 37 0.162
Jose Cortez 11 37 0.297 24 83 0.289 13 56 0.232
Anthony Fonseca 8 29 0.276 26 75 0.347 19 80 0.238
Hector Garcia 10 40 0.250 30 93 0.323 32 96 0.333
Kaizer Inojoza 4 18 0.222 15 64 0.234 16 68 0.235
Osmir Medina 9 38 0.237 10 54 0.185 12 58 0.207
Roberto Perez 10 28 0.357 23 81 0.284 22 101 0.218
Limbert Rivas 3 13 0.231 21 53 0.396 13 50 0.260
Ildemaro Vargas 10 39 0.256 22 77 0.286 11 47 0.234
Carlos Yeguez 5 23 0.217 14 49 0.286 6 32 0.188
Average at-bats 30 67 65

(monthly leaders in bold)

Now, let's look at overall offensive production in a number of key categories.

Top 5 R 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO OBP SLG OPS
Garcia 27 16 0 5 36 103 17 32 0.378 0.450 0.828
Fonseca 33 4 0 4 22 69 12 35 0.371 0.375 0.746
Argenal 20 4 1 2 19 63 13 44 0.325 0.341 0.666
Cortez 23 10 1 1 21 63 14 26 0.340 0.358 0.698
Perez 28 13 0 8 30 92 35 42 0.378 0.438 0.816

Third baseman Hector Garcia started off the 2009 season on a slow note, but when the right-handed hitter got his game together, he was explosive. As can be seen in the chart above, Garcia led the 2009 VSL Cardinals in several meaningful categories. The 19-year-old might not have brought the speed, but he could drive the ball and push runners across the plate.

Roberto Perez was a contender, but he slipped as the season went on as he either hit a slump or just was walked so much he lost his groove.

Congratulations to the 2009 Scout.com Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Position Player/Hitter of the Year Hector Garcia.

Garcia's season

Garcia played in 63 games batting .314 (72-for-229) with a .378 OBP, .450 SLG, and .872 OPS. He had 16 doubles, five home runs, 36 RBIs, 103 total bases, 27 runs, 17 walks, and two stolen bases. Garcia was hit by a pitch seven times, caught stealing once, struck out 32 times (14% of the time), grounded into six double plays, committed 12 errors, and assisted in eight double plays. He played 58 games at third base, three as designated hitter, one at first base, and one between both first and third.

The Cardinals' June 29, 2007 signing started the 2009 season off very slowly and went on a hitting spree to end the year. Garcia had 20 multi-hit games, including four with three hits, four consecutive multi-hit games from June 22 through June 24, and a pair of three straight multi-hit games coming between July 11 and 13 and again from July 20 through 26.

The 19-year old right-handed hitter had six multi-RBI games, driving in three twice. He had an 11-game hit streak running from June 14 through June 26 when he went 18-for-42 (.429) and also had an on-base streak that ran for 17 games from June 28 through July 17. One of his best games was on June 23 when he went 3-for-6 with one home run, two RBIs, and scored two runs.

Garcia could be looking at getting some time in at extended spring training in 2010. He had a slow rookie season in 2007 but has hit extremely well the last two seasons. He has improved hitting-wise and also in the field and will be a monster if he is returned to VSL in 2010.



Notes: Like the details on Garcia above, you can read individual capsules on each of the club's starting position players in our recent four-part series recapping the 2009 VSL Cardinals season.

Link to our entire series of Scout.com Cardinals Players of the Year representing the top relievers, starters and position players across the entire system.



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