Robel Garcia leaves Cubs organization for KBO

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Iowa Cubs hero and unsung infielder Robel Garcia is leaving the Chicago Cubs organization after tearing down Triple-A this season. According to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register, Garcia was released to pursue an overseas opportunity.

Initially, it was not specified where Garica was signing. However, according to MyKBO.net’s Dan Kurtz, the 29-year-old infielder is signing with the LG Twins of the KBO League for $180,000. Garcia fills the void left by former major leaguer Rio Ruiz, who the LG Twins recently released. The former 2012 Houston Astros draft pick cut .155/.234/.262 in 27 games with the Twins.

Garcia should add stability to the Twins’ infield as they push up the standings. Currently, they are 5.5 games behind SSG Landers. Garcia leaves the Iowa Cubs ranked second in the International League in OPS (1.013) and tied for fifth in home runs (12). He had a .295/.394/.619 slash line with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs, .428 wOBA and 162 wRC+ in 41 games.

Garcia earned International League Player of the Week honors for his May 9-15 efforts. During that streak, Garcia hit .409 with six home runs and nine RBIs during that span, including four straight games with homers.

As we’ve grown accustomed to hearing in Iowa from broadcaster Alex Cohen, the “ro-bombs” will now find a new home. The LG Twins had a good one in the Garcia hitting the switch. Unfortunately, the active roster and stacked farm system meant Garcia was a weird guy. The Cubs will have to make more decisions on the roster as Seiya Suzuki, David Bote and others return from injury.

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