Hey guys, this is the 2nd article in a series, in which I highlight 5 Sally players who are very strong at one particular tool, last week I covered the top 5 power hitters in the 2017 Sally here: Top 5 power hitters in the 2017 Sally
Today it’s all about speed, here’s my top six speedsters in the 2017 Sally ( I tried stopping at 5 but couldn’t leave any of these players off the list).
CF) Leody Taveras- Age 18, 6’2″ 175 lbs,bats both and throws right. Taveras was a high profile signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 signed by the Rangers.
Taveras was the highest rated player on my mid season top 25 (Mid season Sally top 25 Prospect List) he’s a very good athlete, he handles the bat very well, particularly left handed. He has the potential for plus power at peak to go along with plus hit and plus speed. 290, 20,30 upside, he could be knocking on the door in late 2019.
CF) Cristian Pache- Age 18, 6’2″190 lbs, bats and throws right. He was signed by the Braves out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.
Pache is pretty well put together and not your typical burner but he can flat out fly, he’s a 70 grade runner right now but he will continue to fill out. The speed should remain plus at peak. He handles the bat very well, spraying line drives and sharp grounders between the gaps. With current approach I would expect 8-12 HR at peak. If that’s what we get he’ll be a very good big leaguer. With potential for plus hit, 30 SB and Gold Glove defense in CF. If he’s able to find some lift the HR’s could reach the 20’s.
CF) Estevan Florial- Age 19, 6’1″ 210 lbs, bats left and throws right. Florial was signed out of Haiti in 2015 by the Yankees.
The only thing you need to know about Florial is he headlined the Top 5 power hitter list and also made the speedster list (the only player that made both lists). He may have the highest ceiling in all of the minors. He’s got the potential for 70 grade raw power and 60 speed (70 underway) for now, though he may continue to fill out. Just comes down to how far the hit comes if it gets to 50, that would allow the power to play. I don’t see plus hit but 50 is very possible. Which would look like 260-270, 25, 20-25. I have yet to see him play CF but I hear he’s solid out there.
RF, CF) Randy Ventura- Age 20, 5’7″ 160 lbs, bats both and throws right. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014 by the Braves. He was traded to the Reds this Summer for slot $$$$.
Ventura is an exciting young player, he’s short but not small, he’s actually pretty well put together. An aggressive young hitter, he’s got a long linear swing and plus bat speed, the bulk of the contact is up the middle and the other way. He could reach plus hit, though capping at above average seems more likely. He’ll have to tone down some of the aggressiveness to maximize the hit. Power will never be a big part of his game, though he may reach double digit HR’s at peak. The speed is electric, his little legs can really motor. I think he fits best as a 4th or 5th OF or maybe utility player if he can pick up 2nd base. A fun player to watch I hope he makes it.
LF, CF) Anfernee Seymour- Age 22, 5’11” 170 lbs, bats both and throws right. He was drafted by the Marlins in the 7th round of the 2014 out of High School in Delray Beach, FL. He was traded to the Braves in the Summer of 2016.
Seymour was drafted as a CF the Marlins moved him to SS in 2015 and that experiment lasted 2 seasons. He was returned to the OF by the Braves to begin the 2017 season. His best tool by far is his speed, Seymour can fly. He was probably the fastest of the Rome Braves this season which is really saying something as they also had Ventura, Pache and Derian Cruz. He’s got an aggressive approach, a longish swing and minimal load. The bulk of the contact is on the ground and in the center of the diamond. Power won’t be a big part of his game. He’s likely a best fit as a 5th OF or utility if he’s passable in the middle infield.
CF) Joel Booker, Age 23, 6’1″ 180 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted by the White Sox in the 22rd of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Iowa.
I got two early looks at Booker, he can fly, the speed is the loudest tool by far but he’s got some skills at the dish too. He has a long, linear swing and a fast bat. The approach is on the aggressive side. The bulk of the contact is to his pull side. He shows pretty solid bat to ball skills. The hit could play above average With current approach power won’t be much of his game I can’t imagine more that 8-10 HR’s at peak. With the bat speed he generates if he finds some lift that total could climb into the mid to upper teens. Being a college grad and already 23, Booker needs to get into the high minors and perform quickly or risk being pushed aside. He could be a 2nd division regular in CF or a 4th/5th OF.
Up next at Notes is a return to the Appy with “3 hitters to watch from the Greeneville Astros” Cheers