The Mirandino outfielder Yhoswar García, who is in his second season in the branch system of the Philadelphia Phillies, is the second best stealer of all the professional circuits in the United States, from the Major Leagues to class A, with 22 stolen bases in 22 games, wearing the jersey of the Clearwater Threshers club, of the Florida State League.
"El Dron", as he has been known since before jumping to the professional in July 2020, recommended by the scout Jesús "Chalao" Méndez, has gone out to robbery 27 times and has arrived safely on 22 occasions, until last Wednesday .
Only Max Ferguson, waiter for the Lake Elsinore team, a Class A farm owned by the San Diego Padres in the California League, has a better crop of steals than Garcia with 26 of 29 attempts over 27 games.
The 20-year-old outfielder, a native of Guatire, is batting .217 (83-for-18) with 20 runs scored, a pair of doubles, three triples, a home run and 12 RBIs.
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García occupies the fifteenth place in the list of the 30 best prospects of the Phillies, given by the digital portal www.mlb.com before the beginning of the campaign. Specialists estimate that in a couple of years he could be defending the central field of the big team.
Of course, his attributes include speed and the ability to steal bases, as well as the defensive ability to play in center field.
In Venezuela, García is a reserve for La Guaira, a team with which he made his debut during the 2021-22 season.
Guayanese Leny Sosa and Wilderd Patiño also have an outstanding performance in the double A and class A categories.
Sosa, 22, who is a reserve for the Leones del Caracas, but has not yet debuted in local professional baseball, is líder Southern League bat with the Birmingham Barons, a branch of the Chicago White Sox.
In 28 games he has averaged .357 (112-40) with six homers and 18 RBIs. Patiño, an outfielder for the Visalia Rawhide Baseball Club, California League, is batting .284 (102-for-29) with 20 runs scored, 5 home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 steals in 24 games.