Mar
17

Baseball America’s Top 20 Latin Summer League Prospects

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I’m not one to spend much time researching Dominican Summer League and international prospects because the information on those guys is extremely unreliable (to put it nicely), so I just wait until they reach the states and go from there. Today, however, Baseball America’s Ben Badler put together a list of the 20 best prospects that played in Latin America last summer (subs. req’d), and two Yankees farmhands made the cut: Yeicok Calderon and Ravel Santana. It’s not a ranked list, Badler just listed the guys alphabetically.

Calderon, a 19-year-old Dominican outfielder, hit .339/.439/.551 with 16 doubles and eight homers in the DSL last year, leading the league in SLG while finishing third in OBP, fifth in AVG, and second in homers. “Calderon’s bat is advanced, he controls the strike zone well and he has above-average power,” said Badler. “His defense was crude after his first season in the DSL, but he made some progress last year with his routes and reads off the bat in right field. His bat, though, is what will have to carry him.” The 2008 international signee ($650,000 bonus) is expected to join the rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2010.

Santana, a Dominican outfielder like Calderon but a year younger, hit .332/.440/.533 with a league leading ten homers plus 22 steals. “He’s an advanced hitter for his age, has good plate discipline and shows above-average power,” adds Badler. “He has above-average speed and could play center or right field. Even with as much success as he had at the plate, Santana’s best tool is his plus-plus arm.” Santana signed for just $145,000 in 2009, and could debut in the U.S. this summer.

Categories : Asides, Minors

13 Comments»

  1. If these guys are for real, they could surge through the system rather quickly and give us good depth in the field.

    But that’s only a hypothetical, I’d rather wait until they debut in the states.

  2. Gonzo says:

    I don’t know how these DSL prospects get to the US, but is 19 considered young, old, or right on target for one to get to the US?

  3. Avi says:

    Santana sounds interesting. Gotta give credit to Andy in sunny Daytona for him. I hadn’t heard of Santana till Andy was teasing everyone about him. I think it was when Mike came out with his top 30 prospects. Another guy I’d love to know more about is 17 year old Rafael Polo. He batted .323 with 27 extra base hits in the DSL last summer.

  4. hogan says:

    Does anyone have Baseball America’s Top 20 Impact Rookies 2011 list they released this year?

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