Johanfran Garcia Salem Red Sox Catcher

Age: 18
Born: December 8, 2004
Birthplace: Valencia, VZ
Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (Jan. 2022)
ETA: 2027

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Johanfran Garcia photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: January 15, 2022
Signing Scout: Angel Escobar
Signing Bonus: $850,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2026
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: June 6, 2022 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
Instagram: @elpastel_1408

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Stocky build. Strong already, but does have some projection. Looks the part of a catcher.

Hit: Starts square and vertical and utilizes a leg kick timing device. Above-average bat-speed. Fluid swing, but can get on the long side at times, which leads to some in-zone swing-and-miss. Already shows an all-field approach with the ability to impact the baseball. Tracks the ball well. Good feel for the strike zone for his age. Pitch recognition is still a work in progress, but already shows solid aptitude at the plate. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Already produces high exit velocities, especially for his age. Has shown the ability to drive the baseball to all fields. Potential for above-average in-game power.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game and likely never will be.

Field: Soft hands and moves well behind the plate for someone with his build. Framing is solid and does a good job getting down and blocking balls in the dirt. Potential average defender.

Arm: Plus arm strength. Potential to be a major asset behind the plate.
  Career Notes: Trained with Jonathan Valdez. Third-highest bonus handed out by the Red Sox during the January 2022 signing period. Younger brother of Red Sox minor league outfielder Jhostynxon Garcia. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential bat-first reserve catcher. Ceiling of an everyday regular catcher who brings value at the plate and in the field. Bat is advanced for his age and has already shown the ability to impact the baseball at a level advanced for his age. Has the potential for two plus tools with his power and arm, and if his hit tool and defense continue to develop, could rise up the prospect rankings, both in the system and nationally. Really came onto our radar after an impressive showing in 2023 minor league spring training. Was then identified by scouts as one of the better position player prospects in the 2023 Florida Complex League.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in regular season game action.

Scouting Report Update (3.9.2022)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 40 138 26 37 7 1 0 23 46 21 25 0 1 0.268 0.366 0.333 0.700
2023 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18 42 149 21 45 10 2 5 32 74 19 37 3 1 0.302 0.408 0.497 0.904
2023 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 18 15 59 8 12 3 0 1 5 18 5 24 3 0 0.203 0.279 0.305 0.584
2024 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 19     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Florida Complex League Player of the Week (June 19-25, 2023)
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (July 2023) Player of the Month (June 2023)  

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