Tuesday, October 6, 2009

BA: J2 Profiles

Given that these guys are still in play, I wanted to post some profiles from BA:

WAGNER MATEO, CF
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 190
Mateo has participated in MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Santo Domingo, traveling to the U.S. the past two years for the junior boys' tournament, where he also pitched. He's now set to be one of the richest prospects in Latin America on July 2. Mateo is listed at 6-foot-2, though scouts say he's about an inch or so shorter. Mateo's swing generates power to all fields, as he's hit opposite-field home runs while showing for some teams in game situations. Scouts say Mateo has a solid approach at the plate for a 16-year-old, showing a short swing from the left side. Some scouts say his swing is more geared toward line drives with occasional power, though his raw power is evident in BP. Mateo doesn't have elite athleticism and his body is already relatively mature. He's run average to solid-average times in the 60-yard dash for some teams, but his lower half is already thick and some scouts say he's a below-average runner from home to first base. He projects at best as a future 40 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, and nearly every scout contacted believes his future is in left field. His bat should carry him to the big leagues, though some scouts aren't convinced that his bat will be enough to carry him in left field. Expect the Cardinals to sign Mateo on July 2 for $3.1 million, which would be a franchise record signing bonus.


DANIEL SANCHEZ, RHP
VENEZUELA
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 175
Sanchez impressed scouts with his velocity at a workout in Venezuela earlier in the spring, then pitched at 91-92 mph and touched 93 at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. While Sanchez throws hard, scouts still have their reservations and aren't convinced he'll add much more velocity in the future. Scouts have called Sanchez's 77-80 mph breaking ball as both a curveball and a slider, with many expecting him to throw a slider as a pro. His mechanics and feel for pitching is advanced, though at times he throws with some effort in his delivery. Sanchez's brother-in-law, Freddy Torres, is Milwaukee's Venezuelan scout and married Sanchez's sister a few years ago. The Brewers are believed to have interest in Sanchez, though he appears to be out of their price range. It's unclear which teams will be competing for Sanchez, but the Yankees are among the teams that might make a play.


EDGAR FERREIRA, LHP
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 190
Ferreira started to gain more notice as July 2 approached by showing remarkable arm strength for a 16-year-old lefty with a fastball that sits at 90-91 mph and has touched 93-94 mph. Ferreira has a projectable body and does it pretty easily with a loose arm, which means he could be throwing in the mid-90s in time. Aside from Ferreira's arm strength, scouts say he's not particularly athletic and the rest of his game is extremely raw. His changeup is a decent pitch, but his breaking ball is in its nascent stages (some scouts think he'll eventually throw a slider) and his control is below-average. The Braves have drafted and signed plenty of lefthanders in recent years and are believed to have interest in Ferreira, while some think the Yankees might also make a push.

JACOB BELTRE, C
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 220
Gary Sanchez is the top catching prospect in Latin America, but Beltre is another catcher generating some interest for his bat. Power is Beltre's best tool, as he already has imposing size and the ability to hit for power to all fields. With Beltre's size and lack of looseness and agility, many scouts think Beltre will move to first base, though he does have some arm strength. He hasn't been playing catcher for long after converting to the position within the last year from third base. With the Giants missing out on Mateo, some believe they will turn their attention to Beltre, who has also reportedly drawn interest from the Brewers and the Cubs.


VICTOR PAYANO, LHP
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 180
Payano, who is from San Juan, has a projectable body at around 6-foot-4, 180 pounds. He's not among the hardest-throwing prospects in Latin America—his fastball ranges from 85-88 mph with good life—but he has a loose arm and could have a plus fastball as his frame fills out and he possibly grows another inch. Scouts differ on whether Payano throws a curveball or a slider, and while his breaking ball has some promise, it tends to get slurvy. He'll also throw a changeup, though like most 16-year-olds his bread and butter is his fastball. The Red Sox are expected to sign Payano for $900,000 on July 2.

JOHENDI JIMINIAN, RHP
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 170
Jiminian is one of the more advanced pitchers available, gaining scouts' attention at a January workout in which prized Dominican shortstop Miguel Sano also participated. His fastball sits at 88-89 mph and has touched 91 for some teams. His mechanics and feel for pitching are both advanced for a 16-year-old, with a loose arm and a projectable body. Jiminian shows feel to spin a curveball and will also mix in an occasional sinker. The Rockies and Padres are among the teams believed to have strong interest in Jiminian, who should be looking at a high six-figure bonus.

LEONARDO PERDOMO, RHP
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 180
Perdomo has touched 91 mph with his fastball, though scouts say his velocity has been inconsistent, ranging from 85-89 mph but with some sink. As he fills out his monster frame, his fastball should be a plus pitch in the future, and he'll mix in a curveball and a changeup as well. His curveball is a work in progress, but he shows occasional feel for the pitch. Given his long, lanky limbs, Perdomo has relatively solid mechanics and a loose arm, working down in the zone with good downhill plane. Perdomo is expected to sign with the Rangers, likely for a bonus of $700,000-$800,000.

LUIS JOLLY, CF
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-2
Jolly was a name international scouts were mentioning last year as one of the potential top prospects for 2009, but his hitting hasn't progressed to the level of the elite prospects this year. Jolly should still pull in a considerable bonus this year thanks to his projectable body and athleticism. Jolly's best tool is his speed, as he's run the 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds. His speed is good enough for center field, though his arm strength is below-average and he doesn't have an explosive first step. It's not clear where Jolly will sign.




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