Reds shortstop prospect Junior Arias went 2-for-3 with a HR and 3 RBI tonight against the Brewers 2009 first round pick, RHP Eric Arnett. Arias has been tearing apart the Arizona League. After tonight, Arias is now hitting .342/.374/.620 - .994 OPS with 6 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 HR in 79 atbats. He's only 18 years old and has a projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 178 pounds and has plenty of tools. The Reds signed him in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic for around $330,000, though Baseball America reported he would have received a higher bonus if not for an elbow injury.
From the looks of things so far, the Reds may have gotten a steal. He needs to improve his plate discipline but he's still very young and has plenty of time for that. His power looks legit. I think he could end up being our version of a Starlin Castro type of prospect.
Here's what Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had to say about him today:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/minorleagueupdate/Juan Arias, SS, Reds (Rookie-level AZL Reds): 2-for-4, HR (3), R, 4 RBI, K. Projectable, athletic shortstop is generating a lot of buzz in Arizona with .329/.363/.579 batting line, but also has 12 errors in 16 games, including two more last night.