Monday, January 20, 2014
WSC Birth Years: Leury Garcia
Born: March 18, 1991
Leury made the Rangers roster in 2013 as a utility player, seeing action in twenty-five games before being sent down to AAA in mid-June. He mostly gained experience from the opportunity, collecting ten hits in fifty-seven plate appearances.
On August 11, 2013, Garcia was traded to the White Sox to complete the Alex Rios trade, made two days earlier. Leury made the most of his first appearance in a White Sox uniform, on August 23rd, against his former team, the Texas Rangers. In the bottom of the eighth, Leury pinch hit for Avisail Garcia, and accounted for the only hit by the Pale Hose in that inning, with a line drive single to right. Garcia then replaced Gordon Beckham at second base for the remainder of the game. Leury can play multiple position in the infield and outfield so his playing time should increase in 2014.