Up next, as I continue to work my way through the shortstop position is a look at Luis Guillorme, a slick fielding shortstop in the Mets system. He played all of 2015 with the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Guillorme was a 10th round draft pick of the Mets in the 2013 draft from Coral Springs HS (Ft Lauderdale, Fl area) he signed an over slot deal forgoing his commitment to State College of Florida and turned pro. I first heard of Guillorme last Summer as he was turning heads in the Appy league with his glove work.
He just turned 21 he’s listed at 5’10” 170 lbs and that looks accurate. He bats left and throws right.
I got four looks at Guillorme and the Gnats in 2015. At the dish he hits with a crouch with an open stance and keeps his hands high. He lets the ball travel deep and he has a quick short level swing, peppering sharp grounders and low line drives up the middle and the other way. He works counts and has a high contact rate. He will turn on the occasional inside fastball.
Batted ball data courtesy of MLB Farm
Vs RHP (263 balls in play) Ground Ball Rate 70%, line drive 18%, fly ball 11%. He walked 10% and struck out 13%.
Vs LHP (112 balls in play) Ground Ball Rate 70%, line drive 18%, fly ball 10%, pop up 2%. He walked 11% and struck out 14%.
Remarkably similar statistically vs lefties and righties but there’s nothing in the air to his pull side vs lefties, so he’s turning on inside fastballs vs RHP; but nearly everything off of the ground vs LHP is to the opposite field. Current Hit 40 potential 50/55 (.270-280)
Guillorme isn’t going to be a big source of power, as he gets stronger he’ll be hitting that 7-8 gap more frequently. If he starts turning on inside fastballs more consistently that would certainly increase the extra base hit totals. It’s worth noting that nearly half of Guillorme’s extra base hits came in the last month of the season. Current raw/game power 35/30, potential 40/35 (30 doubles, 3-8 HR’s)
On the Bases, Guillorme isn’t a burner, average/above average speed, a smart base runner will take an extra base. .
Defensively is where Guillorme shines. I recently crowned Javier Guerra of the Greenville Drive the best defensive shortstop I saw this season. The only other name getting serious consideration was Guillorme. Very smooth in the field and his movements look effortless. He has plenty of arm for the position. He goes to his left and right very well, as well as out for popups. I rate the glove at 65 and the arm at 60.
Guillorme’s glove is special, he’s going to have to keep proving it with the bat as he moves up the ladder to the bigs.
Here we get a good look at his swing as he ropes a double into the left field corner courtesy of Luis Guillorme.
I love to watch high end defensive shortstops play the game so I enjoyed my looks at Guillorme. I wish him luck going forward.