Avisail Garcia has been the most pleasant of surprises on the south side of Chicago in 2017, and after completing a career-best first half to the 2017 season, the outfielder has earned his first All-Star Game nod in next week’s annual Mid-Summer Classic in Miami, Florida.
Through his first 75 games this season Garcia is hitting .318 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI for the White Sox. Garcia has also logged 17 doubles and three triples through his first 289 at-bats this season.
Garcia, 26, is just two home runs and eight RBI away from topping career high’s in those categories with 87 games remaining on the schedule, and if he continues to hit at his current pace that he has displayed through the first three months of the season, Garcia would be on pace to hit 23 home runs and drive in 107 runs by the time it’s all said and done.
Garcia’s previous career high in hits was 142, a feat that he accomplished over the course of 148 games during the 2015 season, and with the 26-year old outfielder already sitting at 92 on the 2017 campaign, it’s likely that he will also finish the season with new career high’s in both hits and batting average in 2017.
Garcia was named to a reserve role on the American League All-Star roster on Sunday evening after receiving over 1.2 million votes according to Major League Baseball’s most recent balloting update last week. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (injured), George Springer of the Houston Astros and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees were the only American League outfielders to garner more votes than Garcia did in this year’s fan-voting, one that shaped up a lot more balanced than it has in past seasons.
Garcia is the first White Sox positional player to make the American League roster since Jose Abreu did so during the 2014 season, and currently sits inside of the top ten in the following American League statistical categories; Batting Average (.318), Hits (92), WAR (2.9), Triples (3) and Outfield Assists as a RF (5).
The White Sox did not have any other representatives named to this season’s American League All-Star roster, and have no representatives participating in the Final Vote contest. The 2017 MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday July, 11 and can be seen live from Marlins Park in Miami, Florida at 6:30 pm (CT) on FOX.