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2013 Caribbean Underclass Showcase






2015 Top Prospects

Nestor Muriel - OF - 2015 - Carolina, PR
Muriel stands out physically with his long limbed and projectable 6-foot-1, 170-pound build and has an outstanding arm in right field to go with 6.96 speed. He flashes good bat speed and will continue to improve with additional strength.

Alexis Omar Diaz - RHP - 2015 - Naguabo, PR
Diaz is the brother of Mariners top prospect RHP Edwin Diaz and is very talented in his own right. He topped out at 88 mph from a tall, mechanically sound delivery with good downhill angle to the plate. His curveball and changeup both showed promise.

Yomar Valentin - SS - 2015 - Manati, PR
Valentin is a very polished player and attended Montverde Academy in Florida as a sophomore before returning to Puerto Rico this year. He's a switch-hitter with quick hands and surprising bat speed from the right side and a very good defensive middle infielder.

Kevin Edgardo Rivera Rodríguez - 1B - 2015 - Cayey, PR
Rivera stood out at the plate during both batting practice and the games and graded out as the top hitter at the showcase. He has good arm strength at third base but will have to improve his overall defensive skills to remain at the position.

Luis Diaz-Santa - MIF - 2015 - Bayamón, PR
Diaz-Santa had solid physical tools with a 6.95 sixty and 85 mph arm strength but it was his switch-hitting ability that stood out. He has bat speed from both sides of the plate and could develop some power in the future.

Victor Valentin - C - 2015 - Manati, PR
Valentin has a quick left handed bat and the ball comes off his barrel hard. He posted the quickest pop time in drills at 1.86. Softening his hands and improving his blocking skills will be his next challenge.

Jean Carlos Rosario - 3B - 2015 - Manati, PR
Rosario and fellow third base prospect Kevin Rivera are very similar prospects. Rosario is an advanced right handed hitter with solid present bat speed and nice overall hitting fundamentals whose defense still needs work.

Erik Rodriguez - OF - 2015 - Carolina, PR
Rodriguez' basic tools stand out as he ran a 6.64 and threw 90 mph from the outfield and he caused havoc on the bases with his plus speed and aggressiveness. He's a left handed hitter with a slashing swing that will need some adjustments but he has good barrel skills.

Orley Arellano - OF - 2015 - Manati, PR
Arellano is on the small side at 5-foot-8, 150-pounds but put on a show defensively in the outfield, using his 6.76 speed and quick jumps to the ball to make multiple outstanding catches. He makes solid contact from the left side at the plate and will continue to improve as he gets stronger.

Christian Reyes - 2B - 2015 - Toa Baja, PR
Reyes is a high energy player who was all over the field making plays on defense and seemed to be on base all the time as well. He looked good at both shortstop and second base and his aggressiveness is a plus at the plate.

Austin Figueroa - RHP - 2015 - Gurabo, PR
Figueroa showed very good arm strength, pitching at 86-88 mph in his first inning of work and showing the ability to throw his fastball to spots. He's 5-foot-11 and pitches with some drop and drive in his delivery, making his fastball a bit flat, so he'll have to learn to get more movement on the pitch.

Jose M. Ramos - C - 2015 - Cayey, PR
Ramos had well rounded skills and tools on both offense and defense, which stood out at an event where most players were further advanced in one aspect of the game or another. He has the strength to hit and hit with power from the right side.

Jonathan Rosado - RHP - 2015 - Bayamon, PR
Rosado was one of the stronger players at the event and showed tools on both sides of the ball. He topped out at 84 mph on the mound and flashed some depth on his slider while showing lots of raw bat speed and power potential at the plate.

Jorge Luis Martinez - C - 2015 - Barranquitas, PR
Martinez has a solid 6-foot-1, 180-pound build that has enough present strength to drive the ball at the plate. His best tools was his arm strength, which measured out at 80 mph, and he was solid overall defensively.


2016 Top Prospects

Jose Layer - OF - 2016 - San Juan, PR
Layer is only a 2016 but is a very promising athlete and prospect. He ran a 6.94 and threw 87 mph in drills and showed lots of natural hitting ability with the beginnings of some present bat speed. He could develop into a high ceiling talent and may have been the top prospect at the showcase.

Jonathan Ortiz - RHP - 2016 - Caguas, PR
Ortiz showed two very solid pitches for a youngster in a 82-84 mph fastball he threw for consistent strikes and a 72 mph slurve type breaking ball that had tight spin. He has a long, loose arm and is going to continue to improve.

Vincent  Ramos - OF - 2016 - Levittown , Toa Baja , PR
Ramos still has a ways to go with the bat but he's an outstanding athlete, with 6.62 speed and an 86 mph throwing arm, both outstanding for his age. His 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame has plenty of room to add strength.

Javier Valentin-Rodriguez - RHP - 2016 - Manati, PR
Valentin is a big, strong 6-foot-1, 210-pound right hander who could end up being a very hard thrower in a couple of years. He topped out at 85 mph with a short, quick arm action.