2013 Caribbean Top Prospect Showcase
2014 Top Prospects
- SS - 2014 - Vega Alta, PR
Pantojas was known as a top flight runner and defender coming into the showcase and lived up to that, including running a 6.49 sixty and running the bases with aggressiveness and impact speed. He was outstanding at the plate in the games, with his left handed swing showing gap power and consistent hard contact.
Roy Morales Rivera
- C - 2014 - Lares, PR
Morales was originally a 2013 before a fractured elbow caused him to change schools and classes last year. He's making the conversion to catcher from third base, although some scouts think he still might be a top pitching prospect, and early impressions on the conversion are very positive. He dominated the games with his bat, showing big power in addition to the ability to hit to the opposite field.
Joel Huertas Ortiz
- LHP - 2014 - Dorado, PR
Ortiz received a PG grade of 9 at the 2012 Caribbean Showcase when he was just topping out at 84 mph and has improved significantly since then, topping out at 90 mph with good life and command. He didn't use his sharp mid-70's curveball as much as he could have but it is a very good second pitch.
Nelson Jorge Pagan
- SS - 2014 - Patillas, PR
Jorge was the revelation of the showcase with his big tools and the ability to drive the ball hard from both sides of the plate. He ran a 6.54 sixty and threw 90 from the infield and 93 mph from the outfield. He has a chance to stay at shortstop defensively.
Jean C. Cosme
- RHP - 2014 - Toa Alta, PR
Cosme has a young build and look to him and the chance to throw really hard as he matures physically. He topped out at 91 mph from a slow paced deliberate delivery with a big leg raise and a very fast arm coming through. He will need to learn to mix his pitches better as he gets older.
Edwin Lebron Gonzalez
- C - 2014 - Fajardo, PR
Lebron looks the part of the prospect with a chiseled 6-foot-1, 190-pound build and backs it up with his tools. He posted the best pop time at the showcase at 1.81 and his raw arm strength even surpassed Roy Morales at 84 mph. Lebron handles the bat just fine, too, with a strong right handed swing with power.
Marco A. Rivera Rios
- OF - 2014 - Vega Alta, PR
Rivera's athleticism stands out, with a 6.57 time in the sixty and eye opening raw arm strength in the outfield that measured at 95 mph in drills. He has plenty of right handed bat speed, with a long, flat swing that stays on the ball for a long time.
Jose Antonio Rodriguez
- SS - 2014 - Naguabo, PR
Rodriguez didn't show the 6.5 running speed or 90 mph arm strength of some of his peers but was one of the most well rounded players at the event. He swung the bat very well in games and graded out near the top for his infield actions and overall defensive tools.
- C - 2014 - Ponce, PR
Arroyo is a very polished player both offensively and defensively and still has plenty of projection to go with the strength already on his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame. He tries to stay inside the ball and go to the opposite field but his best contact is when he lets the barrel fly and attacks it with a pull mentality.
Felix Javier Hernandez Mercado
- OF - 2014 - Naranjito, PR
Hernandez is sure to get plenty of attention from the scouts between now and June with his lean and lanky 6-foot-3, 190-pound build, his 6.51 speed and his plus outfield arm strength. He has a sound approach at the plate with good shift into contact and solid present bat speed.
Ryan Vega Caballero
- OF - 2014 - Manati, PR
Vega is a long legged and projectable 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder with 6.58 speed and 89 mph arm strength from the outfield. He swung the bat very well in batting practice, showing quick hands to the ball and good carry off the barrel.
- RHP - 2014 - Carolina, PR
Lopez has a nice three-pitch mix to go with his projectable 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame. His fastball was in the 86-89 mph range, although it tended to be a bit flat due to his drop and drive delivery, and both his curveball and changeup were quality secondary pitches.
- SS - 2014 - Barceloneta, PR
Rivera is a very versatile prospect, with 6.50 speed in the sixty and the ability to play all over the infield. In addition, he's a switch-hitter with some present strength in his 5-foot-11, 170-pound build and quick hands at the plate.
- SS - 2014 - Comerio, PR
Ortiz is another switch-hitting middle infielder with plus running speed (6.57 in the sixty). He hit especially well from the left side and showed surprising pop in his bat for a 145 pound athlete when he squared the ball up.
- LHP - 2014 - Guayama, PR
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefty showed two solid present pitches in a fastball that topped out at 88 mph with big, late running action and a 73 mph curveball that was big and sharp at times. The life he gets on both pitches will be a major weapon for him as he continues to develop.
- RHP - 2014 - Arecibo, PR
Torres looked like he could have pitched a complete game without breaking a sweat in the humid Puerto Rican climate. He was consistently 86-88 mph from an easy, low effort delivery and absolutely pounded the strike zone with his live fastball and a 70 mph curveball that developed good depth the more he threw it.
Felix Correa Reyes
- 2B - 2014 - Canovanas, PR
Correa only stands 5-foot-8, 150-pounds but he packs plenty of bat speed and punch into his left handed swing, along with the ability to square up the ball very consistently. He also plays the game with an energy and flair that will continue to help him in his baseball future.
- C - 2014 - Humacao, PR
Ojeda showed very solid defensive tools behind the plate, including posting a 1.87 pop time in drills, but gained extra notice because of his power potential from the right side. His swing can get long but the ball comes off the barrel very well.
- RHP - 2014 - Caguas, PR
Lara was one of the more projectable pitchers at the showcase, with a loose 6-foot-2, 175-pound build and a nice high 3/4's arm action that created good downhill angle to his pitches. He topped out at 87 mph with a big breaking low 70's curveball.
- SS - 2014 - Juncos, PR
Pagan wows you with his raw tools, including 6.55 speed in the sixty and 91 mph infield arm strength. He shows good right handed bat speed at the plate with strength in his hands but still has some swing adjustments to make before the next level.
- OF - 2014 - Bayamon, PR
Boitel still has work to do with his hitting mechanics but he has a strong aggressive swing and the ball comes off his barrel hard to right centerfield. He ran a 6.76 in the sixty and showed off his arm with 89 mph velocity from the outfield.
- C - 2014 - Trujillo Alto, PR
Lebron stood out for his game performance, which was strong on both sides of the ball. He has a strong, accurate arm behind the plate and shifts and blocks well defensively.
- C - 2014 - Vega Alta, PR
Salva is on the smaller side at 5-foot-9, 170-pounds but is very quick behind the plate with compact actions and sound fundamentals. His best pop time was 1.83. He's a switch-hitter at the plate with a consistent approach and some raw bat speed.
2015 Top Prospects
- RHP - 2015 - Trujillo Alto, PR
Rivera was the only 2015 at the Caribbean Top but he showed he definitely belonged, topping out at 90 mph and consistently working in the upper 80's. He will have to improve his change up and upper 70's slider but he has a strong body and a sound delivery to build from.