The legend of “El Bombi” just keeps on growing. In the latest display of brilliance from the Texas Rangers‘ newest rookie sensation, the 28 year old center fielder took none other than Gerrit Cole deep:
Garcia’s opposite field blast came off the bat at 101.7 MPH, the result of him getting ahold of a 97+ MPH four-seam fastball from Cole.
Another look at the second inning homer:
One of the hottest storylines to follow when it comes to the Rangers this season (if not the hottest storyline), Adolis Garcia continues to stack up impressive performances left and right. He went 2-4 last night with an RBI and two runs scored, managing to steal home as well during an orchestrated double steal.
Garcia’s batting average is up to .293 on the season, and his OPS remains north of .900 as the Rangers are now over a quarter of the way through the 2021 campaign. An unexpected rush of production, but an appreciated one nevertheless. It’s somewhat hard to imagine where the Rangers would be record-wise if they didn’t have Garcia and his electrifying bat on the roster.
Texas Rangers CF Adolis Garcia hit a bomb off Gerrit Cole last night.
Despite being 28 years of age, Garcia is still a “rookie” in MLB terms. He’s only appeared in 57 total games throughout his Major League career, as his previous team (the St. Louis Cardinals) failed to ever use him appropriately.
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Rangers management is obviously pretty grateful that the Cardinals never gave Garcia a proper chance in the Majors, as he almost definitely would not have been included in a trade for “cash considerations.” Instead, the Rangers have themselves a promising outfielder to potentially build around moving forward, as they continue to navigate their way through a multi-year rebuild.
Who knows if Garcia will be able to keep up this level of insane form – he’s a rather unique player due to his older age but his overall lack of MLB experience. Regardless, he’s beating up on some of the best pitchers in baseball at the moment, clearly showcasing zero fear at the plate when faced with going up against a Cy Young favorite in Gerrit Cole.
Here’s to hoping that “El Bombi” has another couple of home runs in him this week as the Rangers look to split the series with New York, or even outright win it.