A man who needs no introduction amongst the Texas Rangers fanbase, the legend of “El Bombi” continues to grow with every swing of the bat. The 28 year old rookie sensation who has taken the DFW area by storm this season, the hype surrounding the outfielder has started going national. With people all around baseball beginning to talk about the Rangers newest star, one has to begin to wonder…
Adolis Garcia is a lock to make the All-Star Game this year, right?
Currently slashing .295/.333/.616 with a .950 OPS heading into today’s game against Houston, Garcia has been producing like one of the best players in baseball up to this point. His OPS currently ranks sixth in the American League, and he trails only Ronald Acuna Jr. when it comes to the MLB home run leaderboard.
Garcia’s 14 long balls this season sees him tied with the likes of Shohei Ohtani for the American League lead.
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Outside of his baseline statistical production, Garcia has also quickly found a knack for the theatrics during his first proper season with Texas. He’s constantly coming up clutch in big spots, and his natural charisma and character at the plate has brought him into the national spotlight. Similar to how the league latched onto guys like Juan Soto and the before mentioned Acuna Jr. when they first broke out, the MLB as a whole has quickly fallen in love with the legend of “El Bombi.”
Additionally, Garcia also has quite the underdog story attached to his name. A Cuban born player who defected from his home country in 2016, Garcia was DFA’d by both St. Louis and Texas before getting a proper shot here in 2021. A non-roster invitee this past Spring Training for the Rangers, Garcia had an extremely tough road to the Major Leagues. He paid his dues and then some before finally getting his opportunity on the Texas Rangers main roster.
Texas Rangers OF Adolis Garcia already feels like a lock for the All-Star Game.
As things currently stand, one can only assume that Garcia would be first choice to make the All-Star Game for the Rangers. He’s been the team’s best overall player this season, and one of the best outfielders in baseball.
The only thing that could alter this scenario from becoming a reality is if Garcia goes into a slump moving forward, while the likes of either Ian Kennedy or Kyle Gibson continue to produce at an elite level. Both pitchers have been exceptional for Texas this season, and both likely have their own respective claims to receiving All-Star consideration this season. Gibson has recorded an ERA in the low 2.00s across ten starts this season, and Kennedy currently leads all AL relievers with 11 saves.
However, as long as Garcia can continue to do what he’s been doing at the plate, he does in fact feel like the obvious choice to make the All-Star Game this year. Not only has his production been worthy of such an honor, but the spotlight that he’s drawn to himself should make him a favorite amongst voters. Unethical as it may be, marketability absolutely plays a role when naming All-Stars, and Garcia is undoubtedly one of the more marketable young stars in baseball at the moment.