About time we create a thread for the 17 year olds Phenomenal season and where his baseball roots have grown from.
First off, here is a picture of him from 4 years ago with President Bush. He is the player on the immediate right of G'Dubya.
Seems he was a international exchange player during the Original WBC.
So he has been on US soil before.
Was part of the U16 Venezuelan team that competed in the World Championships. Was teammates with Ismail Guillon. Competed against Bryce Harper. Played 3B for that team.
So it seems he has a bit of international experience against higher competition prior to this year. Has some familiarity with Guillon which makes me wonder if that is why he signed with the Reds.
His stats in general are... Sick.
OPS vs LHP 1.183
OPS vs RHP 1.090
OPS Home 1.074
OPS Road 1.153
May OPS 1.064
June OPS 1.159
July OPS 1.074
Bases Empty OPS 1.157
Runners On OPS 1.040
Scoring Position 1.157
BABIP is .397 (as of 07/23)
LD% vs LHP 31.1%
LD% vs RHP 32.7%
Has reached base 24 out of his last 42 plate appearances (58.7%)
181 of his AB's are as a leadoff hitter.
Leads the VSL by...
.049 in BA
.002 in OBP
.133 in SLG%
3B's by 4 (9)
2B's by 4 (20)
AB's by 2
Hits by 21 (86)
Runs by 9 (50)
Total Bases by 41
2nd in Games played (58)
3rd in SB's (18)
3rd in Lowest K Rate (120 AB's Minimum)
5th in HR's (4)
9th in RBI's (30)
Walk Rate is 8.1%
K Rate is 3.9%
Power ISO is .158
Been HBP 15 times this season.
Only grounded into 3 DP all year.
Has played 25 Games at 3B. 6 Errors. .939 FLD%
Has Played 22 Games at SS. 6 Errors. .950 FLD%
Has played 5 Games in LF. 0 Errors.
Has played 2 Games at 2B. 0 Errors.
So it looks to me he will add to the deep crop of SS's in the Reds system next year. Playing the position well enough to bump Valor, who is reportedly a slick fielder to 2B.