Less than 2 weeks until opening day in the Sally I hope you guys are as excited as I am.
In the next series of articles I’m going to whip around the diamond highlighting some of the players with the loudest tools who could be coming to the Sal in 2016 (official rosters won’t be available for another week or so, so this is me speculating). Most of the players on this list are very athletic and have very high ceilings.
Beginning with the outfield here’s 15 names I’ll be keeping an eye on. The top 10 are a near shoe in, they’re coming to the Sally. The last 5 names are probably heading for short season and might get to the SAL in the 2nd half.
Notes from the Sally is a scouting site and once I see these players you can expect write ups on all of them.
Victor Robles, age 18, Hagerstown (Nationals) – Robles has been flying up prospect lists all Winter. An exciting young player, a very good hitter with blazing speed and potential for average power. He could be a roto monster.
Cornelius Randolph, age 18, Lakewood (Phillies) – Considered one of the top prep bats in the country when he was selected 10th overall in the 2015 draft. mlb.com ranks his future hit and future power at 55 I have also seen potential 60 on both.
Desmond Lindsay, age 19, Columbia (Mets) Lindsay was the 2nd rd pick for the Mets. He’s an athletic young man with good bat to ball skills and average or better pop.
Ronald Acuna, age 18, Rome (Braves) – The Braves challenged Acuna sending him directly to the states to start his career and he performed very well as a 17 year old in the GCL actually earning a promotion to Danville. One of the more exciting youngsters in the 2016 SAL. He can run, hit, has developing power and projects to stay in center field. I’m looking forward to seeing him.
Eric Jenkins, Hickory (Rangers) – Age 19, listed 6’1″ 170 lbs, bats left and throws right Drafted by the Rangers in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft. He comes heralded as an athletic center fielder with excellent speed and glove. At the plate he has excellent bat speed but there are questions about how much power he will generate.
Micker Aldofo, Kannapolis (White Sox) – Age 19, listed 6’3″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right. Adolfo was a high profile signee out of the Dominican Republic. Receiving $1.6 million in 2013. By all accounts he’s a strong young man, with big time raw power and arm strength so right field seems like a natural fit. I’m interested to see how well he hits.
Ryan McKenna, Delmarva (Orioles) – The O’s 4th rd selection out of high school in Dover, NH listed 5’9″ 175 lbs, McKenna is an athletic center fielder and a plus runner and shows good bat speed. He only got into 10 games after the draft as he missed time with a pulled hammy but he was back in time for instructs.
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Luis Alexander Basabe, Greenville (Red Sox) – age 19, listed 6′ 160 lbs, Basabe is deceptively strong and has excellent speed there is a lot of swing and miss in his game right now however.
Jose Pujols, Lakewood (Phillies) – Age 20, listed 6’3″ 175 lbs, Pujols has big time raw power and a cannon in right field, but remains on the raw side both offensively and defensively. Lets see if he can begin to turn the loud tools into performance.
Stone Garrett, Greensboro (Marlins) – age 20, Garrett put up an impressive .284 ISO in the NYPenn league. A strong young man he also has above average speed.
Ivan Wilson, Columbia (Mets) – age 20, listed 6’3″ 220 lbs, Potential 5 tool stud. Wilson is extremely raw and has spent the last 3 years in rookie ball. He’s still young and if he ever figures it out, look out, the Mets could be looking at a player with plus power, plus speed and plus defense in center.
Isranel Wilson, Rome (Braves) – Wilson put up a .257 ISO in the CGL as a 17 year old. That will get you noticed, he’s listed 6’3 185 lbs, he bats left and throws right and obviously a strong young man he did strikeout 34% of the time.
Blake Perkins, Hagerstown (Nationals) – age 19, listed 6’1″ 165 lbs, bats both and throws right. Perkins was the Nats 2nd round pick in the 2015 draft out of high school in Buckeye AZ (Phoenix area). An athletic center fielder with good speed who’s a little raw at the dish. After ditching the switch hitting in high school and just batting from his natural side (right) he has returned to switch hitting as a pro.
Telmito Agustin, Hagerstown (Nationals) – He’s 19 listed 5’10 160 lbs, he bats and throws left. He has put up impressive numbers with the bat and he has great speed. It will be interesting to see how much power develops.
Isaiah White, Greensboro (Marlins) – age 19, drafted in the 3rd round in the 2015 draft. White is extremely fast, uber aggressive at the plate and decent pop. We’ll have to see how the hit tool develops.
Others that I strongly considered for this list:
DJ Stewart, Casey Hughston, Amalani Fukofuka, Jason Heinrich, Carlos Vidal, Ronny JeBavy, Jeff Hendrix, Jhalen Jackson, Rhett Wiseman, Trey Amburgey, Ledarious Clark, Leudy’s Baez, Roman Collins, Byron Murray and Steven Duggar.