Hey guys, I’ve made a 1/2 dozen trips to Fluor Field in 2017, home of the Greenville Drive. It’s a good squad, though they’re pretty banged up right now. One player that caught my eye right away was toolsy CF Lorenzo Cedrola. I was a bit surprised to see him. The Red Sox often send there International signees to both levels of stateside rookie ball (GCL, Lowell) before they see full season ball. But Cedrola came straight from the GCL. So they believe he was ready for the jump, I’m sure they’re happy with the decision. He’s definitely shown himself to be.
Cedrola, age 19, listed 5’11” 170 lbs, bats and throws right. He was signed out of Venezuela in 2014.
Cedrola has some wiry strength to him, I guessed on the field he was 5’10” 170 lbs. He has a closed, upright stance and uses a sizable leg kick for timing. The swing is handsy it’s short, fast and linear, with minimal load. The ball does jump off of his barrel. The approach is fairly aggressive and he shows excellent bat to ball skills. He puts together some lengthy at bats, lined a single to left on the 10th pitch yesterday, this came after fouling off 7 straight pitches. With the bat speed he possesses and bat control, the hit could play as high as plus. Though he’ll need to tone down some of the aggressiveness to get there.
Cedrola has gap power right now. With current approach the HR’s will likely top out in the 8-12 range, If he can find a way to incorporate the lower half some more and add some lift he may approach the upper teens or perhaps 20 at peak.
Cedrola has plus speed and shows good instincts on the bases. Defensively he’s shown excellent range and an average arm.
Conclusion: Cedrola is fun to watch he’s worked his way from 9th to the top of the Greenville Drive line up. He reminds me in many ways of Manuel Margot when he came through Greenville in 2014 (though I think Manny is/was stronger) rare to see a teenager at this level with his bat to ball skills. We could be looking at a player that hits 280+ with 10 HR’s and 25 SB’s and lots of doubles, who projects to stay in CF long term. He could be sitting atop a 1st division line up, though 2nd division or 4th or 5th OF is more likely. Either way nice find for the Red Sox.
Up next is a look at Rome OF Randy Ventura