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2012 Caribbean Showcase






2012 Top Prospects

Rafael Otero - OF - 2012 - Vega Alta, PR
Otero is a large framed 6-2/175 switch-hitting outfielder with serious juice in his bat from both sides of the plate. He can be a bit raw in his overall actions but he has draftable tools.

Jose Agosto - RHP - 2012 - Gurabo, PR
Agosto looks like a 2014 physically at 6-0/160 but he has a very loose arm and sits around 85-86 mph very consistently. His curveball and change up were pretty good pitches, too.


2013 Top Prospects

Jan Alexis Hernandez - SS - 2013 - San Lorenzo, PR
The 2012 Perfect Game All-American makes it look easy on the field in all areas. He has a big league body at 6-3/195 to go with his plus tools. Hernandez looks more and more like he'll be able to stay at shortstop for the foreseeable future on defense.

Johneshwy Fargas - OF - 2013 - Trujillo Alto, PR
Fargas' future position is still to be determined but his huge physical tools, including 6.55 speed and a plus arm, give him plenty of options. He dominated the event offensively, including hitting the only home run, and plays the game with outstanding intensity and passion.

Jacob Cordero Kuilan - OF - 2013 - Naranjito, PR
Cordero has top of the line physical tools, with 6.59 speed, eye opening 98 mph outfield arm strength and plus bat speed. Maybe the most impressive part of his performance, though, was the skill he showed in using those tools, including a 4-5 game performance with 4 steals.

Edwin Diaz - SS - 2013 - Vega Alta, PR
Diaz burst onto the prospect maps at the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter and solidified his top prospect status at this showcase. He has huge right handed power at the plate and is a graceful and flashy defender at shortstop.

Juan Soriano - 1B - 2013 - Arroyo, PR
Soriano is a physical clone for 2012 Perfect Game All-American OF Justin Williams except for being a right handed hitter. At 6-3/225 he has enormous strength yet keeps his swing short and strong to the ball. Soriano is no slouch athletically, either, and even ran a 6.9 60.

Carlos Diaz - C - 2013 - Bayamon, PR
Diaz is a Puerto Rican native but attends high school in Florida. He has all the tools to be a top prospect catcher defensively and is a much better athlete than most catching prospects. An added plus is that Diaz really plays hard and has unmistakable fun on the field.

Alexander Rivera Centeno - SS - 2013 - Arecibo, PR
Rivera is very good shortstop defensively, with all the actions to go with 6.5 speed and 90 mph infield arm strength. He's an aggressive right handed hitter with some present speed and gap power.

Christian Padin - 2B - 2013 - San Juan, PR
Padin might be the sleeper prospect in this excellent crop of Puerto Rican talent. He has the base tools, including 6.49 speed and a 90 mph infield throwing arm, but the most impressive thing is that everything played up in game action. If he gets a bit stronger, he could really move up the charts.

Joe Alexander Jimenez - RHP - 2013 - Bayamon, PR
The big bodied right hander is the top Puerto Rican pitching prospect in the 2013 class, with a heavy fastball that topped out at 90 mph and a low 70's curveball he throws for strikes. Jimenez has made outstanding improvements in his devlivery and command over the past year.

Nicholas Lugo - OF - 2013 - Hatillo, PR
Lugo doesn't stand out physically at 5-9/180, at least until he swings the bat. He uses his compact strength to create excellent bat speed and crushes the ball to the pull side. He's also a 6.7 runner.

Luis Ciuro - C - 2013 - Santa Isabel, PR
There are lots of similarities between Ciuro and Carlos Diaz (above) as prospects, starting with their athletic ability to play positions all over the field in addition to catching, plus the fact that both attend high school in Florida.

Rene Melendez Pena - C - 2013 - Humacao, PR
There were numerous top level catching prospects at the event (after all, this is Puerto Rico) but Melendez was the top defensive receiver without much debate among the PG scouts. He's going to have to improve his offensive game, but there is no mistaking his across the board defensive ability.

Josue Marcano - C - 2013 - Loiza, PR
Marcano wide hipped 5-8/185 build but is surprisingly quick-twitch and athletic both behind the plate and with his speed on the bases. He also has the strength and aggressiveness to create present bat speed and hit the ball hard in games.

Angel Luis Perez Rodriguez - SS - 2013 - Barceloneta, PR
Perez is a bit bigger than many of his fellow infield prospects at 6-1/182, which results in a bit more present bat speed and ability to drive the ball than some. He's a 6.60 runner with the requisite arm strength and athletic ability for the middle of the field.

Christopher Gonzalez - RHP - 2013 - Canovanas, PR
Gonzalez has high level defensive tools at shortstop and some right handed bat speed but it wouldn't surprise us if he became a high level pitching prospect if he made that his primary position. He topped out at 87 mph with little effort and his 74 mph curveball looked like a future plus pitch.

Joshua Santos-Torres - SS - 2013 - Guaynabo, PR
Santos-Torres looks to slender at 5-10/150 to have the physical tools that he does, but they are there. He has a very advanced idea how to hit and shows present bat speed and has the physical tools for shortstop. He also topped out at 87 mph on the mound.

Joseph Monge - OF - 2013 - Carolina, PR
Monge is listed as a primary pitcher but is a plus athlete who might be a better outfield prospect, plus it looked like he'd much rather be a position player than pitcher. He's a 6.6 runner with a very projectable 6-1/170 build and big arm strength.


2014 Top Prospects

Michael Arroyo - C - 2014 - Ponce, PR
Very versatile athlete who could be a top prospect at any number of positions. Best position is catcher, especially with his athleticism. His bat is good enough to play at any position as well.

Marco A. Rivera Rios - OF - 2014 - Vega Alta, PR
Can run (6.69) and throw (94 mph from the outfield) with the best prospects. Has plenty of bat speed and showed he could hit top level pitching. Looks to have the tools and approach to the game to keep improving.

Joel Huertas Ortiz - LHP - 2014 - Dorado, PR
Hard to rank higher as he only topped out at 84 mph but he has everything else you want to see in a young pitching prospect, including a strong 6-2/190 build and a potential plus curveball that was a special pitch.

Kevin Rivera - SS - 2014 - Barceloneta, PR
Rivera had one of the sweetest left handed swings at the event and needs to give up switch-hitting and wasting right handed at bats. He has solid middle infield defensive tools.

Roy Morales Rivera - C - 2014 - Lares, PR
Morales has a classic third base build and tool set. He actually graded out higher for power in batting practice than Hernandez or Diaz (above) and is very strong with a power hitter's swing. He also might have the ability to become the best Puerto Rican pitching prospect in the class if he concentrated on the mound full-time.

Francisco Sanchez - OF - 2014 - San Juan, PR
Long and loose 6-3/170 build is very projectable, but Sanchez can already run (6.7) and throw (90 mph OF) at a prospect level. His swing is loose and easy and he will keep improving with more strength.

Nelson Jorge Pagan - SS - 2014 - Patillas, PR
Pagan is a very athletic young player with 6.8 speed and a 90 mph throwing arm to go with high energy, quick twitch actions. A switch-hitter, he's more advanced from the right side at present.


2015 Top Prospects

Jean Carlos Rosario Terrell - 3B - 2015 - Manati, PR
Nice athletic build with the chance to get very strong in a couple of years. Good present swing mechanics that project very well. Very young, but shows promise.