We all know about the great season 18-year old Luis Garcia had in the Gulf Coast League where he led the league in hitting and was selected as an All-Star shortstop. On Saturday he just might have been joined by another 18-year-old middle infielder in the Phillies system as a future All-Star in Curtis Mead.
All Mead did in a doubleheader for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League is go 6 for 9 with two homers including a grand slam. He had 10 RBIs in the twin bill.
Both Garcia and Mead were born in October of 2000 with Garcia only a few weeks older. We watched both of them play in Fall Instructs and they impressed. Garcia is a switch-hitter out of the Dominican Republic. Mead is a right handed hitting second baseman from Adelaide, South Australia. It not hard to project them some year in the future as the next Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley up the middle for a World Series winning Phillies team.
Garcia hit .369 for the GCL West Phillies this season. Mead got off to a slow start in the ABL but has hit .324 over his last ten games including his breakout doubleheader on Saturday.
When you come to the Phillies minor league camp at the Carpenter Complex for 2019 spring training don’t forget to checkout shortstop Luis Garcia and second baseman Curtis Mead. Except for Mead batting right handed, you will think you are watching a young Chase Utley at second base and a young Jimmy Rollins at shortstop, circa 2000. It will be truly a back to the future experience.