Mitchell Lynn Garver
Age: 27 (January 15, 1991)
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM
Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6' 1" Wt: 220
Draft: Round 9 (2013, MIN)
MLB Debut: 08/19/2017
College: New Mexico
This excerpt was stolen straight out of Vanimal's AAP last year...
2016 was Garver's breakout year you could say. He breezed through AA where he hit .257 with 11 HR 66 RBI .334/.419/.753 OPS in 95 games. He was promoted to AAA on August 10, 2016 and played 22 more games. He had a hot bat to finish the year in AAA, with a .329 .381/.434/.815 OPS slash line.
Garver was added to the 40 man roster over the off-season, and, if all goes right, could get a cup of coffee in September with the big league club.
Vanimals prediction of a cup of coffee was correct. And that cup of coffee is leading to a whole pot of coffee this Spring. As of today, Garver is slated to be the opening day back up catcher for our favorite club which will mean this could be the fastest AAP graduation ever!
See an analysis of the Catching position here.
(Thank you everyone who passed on him in the draft and allowed me to be part of this record setting season) I'm not sure how many days of service time he has left before using up his prospect status but I have always taken advantage of opportunities to be the vulture and swoop in for the easy meat. Having said that, I do recognize Vanimal as the AAP parent that saw him get the call so I don't get that credit unless he is sent down for a day or two somewhere along the way before using up his prospect status...
This was all made possible by Garvers continued progression with the bat and behind the dish. His progress last year was tracked well here on TD so here is a series of links:
Seth wrote this "4 bagger" which includes a Garver section
and this "3 Bagger" which included an even bigger Garver section
all leading up to TD Minor League Hitter of the year as reported by Steve Lein
All this to say, Garver has put in the work to earn this opportunity and I believe he has the drive to make the most of it.