“El Bombi” can lock down the first Texas Rangers’ Rookie of the Year in over 10 years and a starting spot in 2022
The free-swinging Garcia has cooled down considerably since his breakout month of May. Still, he’s made the case that his power bat can play in the middle of an order for an extended period of time.
Over the last 30 days, García has driven in 11 runs. But his play since May has resulted in his OPS falling under .800 for the season. Despite that, the intrigue in his bat and range in the outfield makes him a fascinating piece as the season ends, and the offseason officially kicks off.
García’s WAR in 2021 is 3.6. From the perspective of the Rangers’ front office, the fear is that this is in fact the center fielder’s career year — the thought of García never reaching 30 home runs again after 2021 is bound to be a talking point over the course of next year’s spring training.
The 28-year-old has six extra-base hits over the last 30 days, and has recorded an average of .211 since the beginning of September. If the second half of the Rangers season has taught us anything about “El Bombi” though, it’s that hitting for a high average isn’t the priority — not even close in fact. The center fielder has managed to have an OBP of .260 over the last 30 days — a simple, yet much more effective stat that reflects the type of player the Rangers hope García can be.