From Rule 5 to ruling the roost.

That’s the hope of the Indians organization after picking up Wilson Garcia in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft during the offseason.

He wasn't on anyone’s top prospects list in seasons past, but the season the first baseman put up for the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2018 has the RubberDucks drooling at what could be a standout year.

He slashed .295/.328/.521 with Class A Frederick and answered any questions the Indians had.

“He’s going to hit,” Ducks manager Rouglas Odor said. “He’s pretty special. He can hit from both sides of the plate. He’s not afraid to swing the bat. When he gets a good pitch. He’s going to drive it. The fact he can drive the baseball from both sides of the plate, that’s huge. He’s going to be a real special ballplayer.”

The numbers don’t lie.

Traded from the Philadelphia Phillies organization to the Orioles in April 2018, Garcia was named to the Carolina All-Star postseason team after hitting a combined .293 with 23 home runs, 76 RBI and sporting an .834 OPS.

“It’s awesome to hit behind him and in front of him,” Ducks outfielder Connor Marabell said. “To have him in the lineup is going to be great. He’s so natural and is fun to watch. He’s exciting to watch.”

Garcia, 25, is also incredibly consistent.

With a career .285 batting average in eight seasons, Garcia is coming off his best season statistically.

His batting average ranked third in the Carolina League and he ranked second in home runs and fifth in RBI.

He was particularly hard on right-handers, batting .308 with 20 doubles, 19 home runs and 59 RBI at Frederick.

Not bad for someone left unprotected in the offseason.

With only 46 strikeouts last season in 413 at-bats for the Keys, Garcia doesn’t miss many pitches.

“When you have a guy like that in the lineup, they’re really careful not to pitch around you," Marabell said. “They’ll give you pitches around the plate and that gives me the opportunity to drive in some runs. It’s great having him in the lineup whether you’re batting in front of him or behind him. He’s a great kid. He’s fun to be around. He’s just got a great personality.”

Given new life with the Ducks, Garcia is ready to show the club what he can bring to the lineup.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Garcia said. “Last year, I played for the Orioles after starting for the Phillies, now with the Indians taking me in the Rule 5, it’s been very comfortable for me. This organization is very good.

“Hitting from both sides of the plate, I feel good here. I don’t feel any pressure. I’m just trying to be the same good player and stick with my game plan. I want to put the ball in play, hit home runs, get RBI and do everything I’ve done. I’m just going to try to keep playing the same way I have.”

What’s more, Garcia is stepping into a position that has seen success in the past few seasons after having former standouts Nellie Rodriguez and Bobby Bradley on first base.

“The three of them are different,” Odor said. “Because he’s a switch hitter, it makes him very special. Bradley has unbelievable power. He’ll hit 40 home runs in the big leagues one day. Nellie has unbelievable power as well. This will be the first time for Garcia at this level, so we’ll have to wait and see, but what he did last year is pretty impressive.”