Luis Victoriano García (born May 16, 2000) is a Dominican American professional baseball infielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).
When he signed with the Nationals in 2016, García accepted a $1.3 million signing bonus, the second-most the Nationals awarded an international player in the 2016 class behind fellow Dominican shortstop Yasel Antuna.
Baseball America ranked García as the Nationals’ seventh-best prospect before the 2017 season. García made his professional debut in 2017 with the Gulf Coast League Nationals, appearing as both a second baseman and shortstop during the season and often forming the GCL Nationals’ double-play tandem with Antuna. Both players put up batting averages slightly above .300, with García’s the better of the two at .302, during their 2017 campaigns.
On August 14, 2020, García’s contract was selected to the major leagues, and he made his debut that day against the Baltimore Orioles, filling in for the injured Starlin Castro.
Three days later, he became the first MLB player born in the 2000s to hit a home run. Coincidentally, Castro, who he replaced due to injury, was the first MLB player born in the 1990s to hit a home run. García finished his rookie season hitting .276/.302/.366 in 40 games.
Who Are Luis García Parents?
García’s father, Luis Rafael García, is a Dominican-born shortstop who briefly reached the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers during their 1999 season.