Will Luis Garcia and Curtis Mead Be the Next Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley?

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.

Curtis Mead hitting in an Instructs game.

Luis Garcia hitting in an Instructs game

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.

Curtis Mead (16) after hitting.a Grand Slam and is greeted  by Phillies catching prospect Mitchell Edwards (6) who was on base. (photo courtesy of Adelaide Bite Twitter page)

Curtis Mead (Photo courtesy of ABL.com.au)




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.



About Baseball Ross

I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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