5. Adonis Garcia (ATL)
2016 Stats: .273/.311/.406,14 home runs, 65 RBI, three stolen bases in 134 games
Adonis Garcia had a strong year for the Braves in 2016 and he is relatively cheap for this rebuilding team. Garcia has had a very interesting career thus far. He defected from Cuba in 2010 and made it to the United States in 2011 as a talented baseball player who had experience at short and in the outfield. A
fter posting a good year in the Venezuelan Winter League, he signed with the Yankees in 2012 for $400,000. This started his career in the majors and after a couple year in their farm system the Yankees would release Garcia in 2015. Soon after, he would sign with the Atlanta Braves.
Garcia plays a solid defense at third base and could slot in at any spot in the Braves lineup. His numbers are pretty good post career highs in almost every statistical category in 2016 and some may be asking why is he this low?
His problem is that after the Brandon Phillips trade he may not be a starter come the end of the year. The Braves have Ozzie Albies knocking at the major’s door and an aging second basemen who may find a new home somewhere else on the diamond.
Not to mention once Sean Rodriguez returns from injury he could find his way into the starting lineup. The Braves are bound to have some shuffling going on in the infield this year. Garcia could end up in many places this year either on the Braves or off. They have almost zero financial responsibilities with him and the uncertainty lands him at the number five spot this year.