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dougdirt
06-27-2007, 03:23 PM
Background
Born: 6/24/1987 Bonao, Dominican Republic
6'2" 180 lbs
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Signed as undrafted Free Agent on 5/6/04 at the age of 16.

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Background information
Born in the Dominican Republic and played his first professional season with the Reds in 2005 at the age of 18 for the Dominican Summer League Reds. Was a switch hitter for a while, but appears to be left handed only at the plate since coming to America.

Minor Leagues
Spent 2005 in the DSL before coming to the US in 2006 where he spent most of his time with the GCL Reds before getting a two week promotion to Billings to end the season. Before the season Dayton Manager Donnie Scout was raving about his bat and how the ball jumps off of it, but also made a note that he really needed to work on his plate discipline.

2005-2006 Stats


Yr Club AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2005 DSL Reds-R .228 49 158 7 36 10 1 4 20 14 26
2006 GCL Reds-R .280 45 182 24 51 14 0 3 30 6 35
Billings-R .333 9 36 6 12 3 0 0 2 0 8


2007 Stats through 6/27/2007


AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
.278 75 288 39 80 14 1 13 52 16 74 8 6 .322 .469 .791

Ranks in the top 5 in the MWL in HR (1 behind a 4 way tie for first), RBI (2nd), Hits (6th) and total bases (5th).

dougdirt
09-08-2007, 05:25 PM
Final Stats for the 2007 Season


AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
.268 534 69 143 21 4 25 90 247 23 161 12 6 .301 .463 .763


Juan was 4th in the league in hits, first in HR, 4th in RBI and second in the league in total bases.

AmarilloRed
09-09-2007, 03:56 AM
A lot of power and a fair hitter. How concerned should we be about his plate discipline? 21 walks and 162 strikeouts is not good in a full season. He is very young however, so there should be plenty of time to make improvement in that area.

dougdirt
09-09-2007, 04:08 AM
It is something that we need to keep a close eye on. The strikeouts aren't nearly the concern that the lack of walks is.

Betterread
09-09-2007, 12:10 PM
It is something that we need to keep a close eye on. The strikeouts aren't nearly the concern that the lack of walks is.
I agree with you. Does anyone know if there is there a correlation between the number of players with contact problems at Dayton (Valaika, Stubbs, Francisco all saw their free-swinging tendencies magnified this year) and the coaching? Was there some aspect of the Reds development program that somehow emphasized power hitting even at the expense of lesser contact?

dougdirt
09-09-2007, 02:27 PM
Francisco and Stubbs both had some contact problems in the past. Prior to the season Donnie Scott, the Dragons manager, made it a point to try and work with Francisco on his plate discipline. The Reds knew it was a problem that he needed to work with, hopefully someone can work with him and get his swing a little better in terms of not missing so much and not swinging at pitches out of the zone.