Robel Garcia leaves Chicago Cubs organization to play overseas

As Robel Garcia turned in a dominating performance in May at the plate, Chicago Cubs fans began urging the infielder to get promoted to Triple-A Iowa and get a second shot in the big leagues with the organization.

Well, Garcia is on the move. It’s just not Chicago. Garcia, a hard-hitting infielder for the Iowa Cubs and one of the best hitters in the system so far this season, was released by the Cubs and became a free agent. García is expected to pursue a career abroad.

The 29-year-old was in the midst of a monster season that saw him hit .295/.394/.619 with seven doubles and 12 home runs in 41 games for Iowa. Garcia had a huge stretch in May when he hit .409 (9 for 22) with a double and six home runs and earned International League Player of the Week honors.

But Garcia, while impressive to the club‘s front office members, was still the odd man in Chicago’s already crowded infield who could be more excited with David Bote nearing the end of his rehab assignment with Iowa. Plus, the Cubs had already given Garcia a good look.

Garcia was one of the biggest surprises in the organization after signing a minor league contract with the Cubs in November 2018. He started the 2019 season in Double-A, dominated and earned promotion to the Iowa. After a strong performance with Iowa, Garcia earned his first major league promotion.

He showed a lot of pop but was also prone to a high number of strikeouts. This led to the Cubs cutting ties with him after 31 league games. Garcia bounced back and landed with four different organizations. He even played 46 games with the Houston Astros last season.

Garcia returned to the Cubs last March when he signed a minor league contract with Chicago. He spent the entire season in Iowa where he again put up big numbers and even impressed Jared Banner, Chicago’s vice president of player development. Banner praised Garcia during a recent visit to Iowa.

“I think his approach has improved a lot,” Banner said at the time.

Tommy Birch, the Register’s sports entrepreneur and featured reporter, has worked at the newspaper since 2008. He is Iowa’s 2018 and 2020 Sports Writer of the Year. Join it at [email protected] or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.

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