Garcia shows glimpse of potential, nickname

Garcia shows glimpse of potential, nickname

Garcia shows glimpse of potential, nickname
DETROIT -- For Avisail Garcia, it's not necessarily about just living up to being a highly-regarded five-tool prospect. Try just living up to the nickname his teammates have given him.

"Miggy Jr." is what Garcia goes by in the clubhouse, basically because his teammates believe he looks and apparently walks just like the reigning American League batting champion.

"We make fun of him a little bit, he looks just like Miguel. Even the way he walks around and everything," said catcher Alex Avila after the Tigers' 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night, a game in which Garcia recorded his first Major League hit and RBI.

Obviously, Garcia has a long way to go before resembling Cabrera at the plate, but the 21-year-old certainly put together a couple of "Cabrera-esque" at-bats.

He began his career -- in a tight pennant race, nonetheless -- working a 10-pitch walk against veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, fouling off four straight two-strike pitches before earning the free pass. He later hit a 99-mph fastball the opposite way for his first hit and RBI.

"Very impressive," manager Jim Leyland said Sunday. "[The walk] was probably more impressive than the hit. ... He's a nice looking young kid and he's got a chance to be a good looking player."

With it being one game, the skipper wasn't getting ahead of himself. He said, as with any rookie, there were a few expected mistakes. With the bases loaded in the third, Garcia struck out on three pitches to end the inning. And Leyland also noted he might've taken a bad route on Paul Konerko's double to right-center in the ninth.

But even Leyland couldn't deny that Garcia has the potential to impact a lot of pennant races similar to this one in the future.

"There's some really crude, raw talent there that's really impressive," he said. "He's got a bright future. At some point, he'll play in Detroit for a long time."