Behold the best statistical Milwaukee Brewers outfielder of the 2021 season, Avisail Garcia. Avi kept the team in the swing of things while being a dark horse cornerstone piece of The Crew’s offense this year. A crucial question to ask is if Milwaukee would even be in the playoffs without Avi. However, he did show up in the NLDS vs. Atlanta. He was an all-around great player in the clubhouse and on the field in the regular season.
Garcia has not performed this well since his All-Star season in 2017 with the Chicago White Sox. What may surprise you is that he was a better overall player than Christian Yelich in almost every stat category. Mind-boggling, I know. Yelich, as we know, has not been able to find his footing while battling injuries in recent years.
This did not look like a home run swing from Avisaíl García, but that's the game. pic.twitter.com/3Nbarjb5YX
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 7, 2021
Avisail (left) bested Yeli (right) in these standard stats:
Games: 135 to 117
PA: 515 to 475
H: 121 to 99
HR: 29 to 9
RBI: 86 to 51
BA: .263 to .248
SLG: .490 to .373
OPS: .820 to .736
WAR: 2.9 to 1.2
Total Bases: 226 to 149
Brewers win 5-3💥 Hader seals the deal
Avisail Garcia with a huge 2 run blast. Hiura with 2 hits. Cubs lose. A lot to celebrate🍻
— IKE Brewers Podcast (@IKE_Brewers) July 9, 2021
Garcia, of course, is a year older than Yelich. It sure is disappointing he recently signed with the Miami Marlins. Milwaukee’s deep roster forced some tough decisions to be made. Players like Tyrone Taylor, Hunter Renfroe, and Corey Ray will most likely receive more playing time pending any acquisitions post-lockout. Avisail earned himself a trip to FA to make more than the Brewers could afford to give him. Miami is paying Garcia $12 million/year through 2026 – a bit much for an aging veteran outfielder. Still, Avi was a fan favorite and will surely be missed. Best of luck in Miami next season, Avisail Garcia!
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