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Hahn in getting-to-know period with Garcia

Hahn in getting-to-know period with Garcia

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Hahn in getting-to-know period with Garcia

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia has just 13 walks in 185 plate appearances this season between stops at Lakeland, Toledo and currently Triple-A Charlotte. But White Sox general manager Rick Hahn prefers people look at what the team's newest acquisition is able to do, as opposed to his less than polished skills.

"If he is able to hit at the level we think he's able to hit at, hit for the power we feel he's able to do, play defense and run, he's going to be doing a lot of things on a daily basis to help you win, even if the walk numbers aren't quite as high," said Hahn of Garcia, acquired at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in the deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. "Looking at the entirety of the player, regardless of what is happening with plate discipline, we think we have a pretty valuable guy on our hands going forward.

"I will say it is something that he is aware of. It is part of the finishing touches of his development. And it's something that he is going to improve over the course of his career in the coming months and here in Chicago."

Garcia, 22, will be in Chicago at some point this season, per Hahn, but when he arrives, the White Sox want him to have every day at-bats. As for the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder playing center field, it could end up being a premium offensive player in what usually is considered a premium defensive position.

"Traditionally, center field is not a premium offensive position," Hahn said. "You put a premium offensive player at a premium defensive position, it puts you in a pretty good spot for a club going forward.

"We are not married to the idea of him playing center. We wanted to take a look at it, get to know the kid a little bit better. He's extremely athletic, he has a world of tools and we want to give him the opportunity to play it out again at the premium position, even if he ultimately does wind up at a corner here in Chicago."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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