Four DPL Alumnus recognized in Baseball America’s 2015 Best Tools Publication

Baseball America (BA), one of the leading baseball publications in the US, is in the process of releasing their annual “Best Tools” series. These lists are constructed through surveys conducted by BA to managers in all leagues in professional baseball. Some of the tools recognized include; best hitting prospect, best fastball, best baserunner, etc. In the 2015 series, there have been four DPL alumnus recognized for their advanced tools in their respective leagues: Low-A Mid-West League: SS Yairo Muñoz | Beloit Snappers | OAK Yairo Muñoz, who did not make BA’s OAK top ten prospects list, was recognized in this years Best Tools publication for having the best infield arm in the Mid-west league. Muñoz’s arm has always been a strong suit, even as an amateur when he played in the Dominican Prospect League.… Read More

2015 Futures Game Features two DPL Alumnus

The 2015 Futures Game will feature two of the most prolific players to be produced by the Dominican Prospect League. SS Raul Mondesi Jr. and CF Manuel Margot have distinguished themselves as impact players in their respective organizations, and have performed to earn themselves a trip to Cincinnati. Raul Mondesi Jr. | Royals #1 Prospect Born: Los Angeles, California Position: SS Age: 19 DOB: 7/27/1995 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 6’1″ Weight: 165 lb Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 Modesi has developed into, what some scouts believe, is the most electric short stop in all of the Minor Leagues. Despite only being 19, Mondesi was assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to begin the 2015 season where he is currently playing at -5.3 age differential.… Read More

EIGHT DPL Alumni selected to MWL and FSL All-Star Game

EIGHT DPL ALUMNI SELECTED TO 2015 MIDWEST AND FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTERS  In exciting news, eight Dominican Prospect League alumni have been selected to their respective league All-Star Games. In the Midwest League, Natanael Delgado (Burlington Bees) has hit to the tune of a .275/.314/.404 slash line with a .717 OPS. He has three homeruns, three triples, and seven doubles. Yairo Munoz (Beloit Snappers) has an impressive .278/.311/.439 slash line with a .750 OPS. Munoz has knocked out seven homeruns and has 31 RBI to go along with six stolen bases on the year. Felix Jorge (Cedar Rapids Kernals) has dominated the Midwest League, pitching to a 3-2 record, 2.62 ERA and a measly 0.98 WHIP. Jorge has racked up 48 strikeouts in 55 innings, with only 11 walks.… Read More

Almonte Allows 2 Hits in 5 Scoreless Inngs

Royals righty tosses five two-hit frames, first baseman homers twice By Kelsie Heneghan / MiLB.com While hitting may be contagious, it’s overall success that’s being passed around in the Naturals clubhouse. With help from cleanup hitter Balbino Fuenmayor’s two home runs, Royals’ No. 5 prospect Miguel Almonte secured his third straight win as Double-A Northwest Arkansas topped Arkansas, 5-3, on Monday at Dickey-Stephens Park. The right-hander held the Travelers to two hits and two walks while fanning three across five innings. “Outstanding, just great fastball, electric,” Naturals manager Vance Wilson said of Almonte (3-1). “He was getting ahead of the hitters, did a nice job of throwing his breaking ball for strikes and also being able to come in here and get a couple strikeouts below the zone.” After Fuenmayor put Northwest Arkansas ahead in the first with a two-run blast to left-center field, Almonte allowed a single in the home half of the frame to Drew Maggi, but quickly erased the runner with his first pickoff of the season.… Read More

DPL Alumni Willy Adames Heating Up Down In Charlotte

The Undercards: Willy Adames Slams 2 Doubles, Drives in 2 by Robbie Knopf Rays Colored Glasses High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5 Willy Adames is a player that we have mentioned surprisingly little in these minor league recaps. Firstly, we should expect that to change, and secondly, that doesn’t mean that he is playing poorly. Adames delivered a big game on Monday, going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a walk, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. His line on the season now stands at .266/.314/.422, which is a little short of where he wants to be but is certainly nothing to scoff at. Adames is just 19 years old in a league where the average age is nearly 24.… Read More

DPL Alumni Manuel Margot, center of attention

With the Red Sox starters’ ERA sitting at 6.03, the time may be getting closer for the team to make a move and acquire a solid starter. And with Cole Hamels checking in with a 0.69 ERA over the last seven days, it may be a perfect time for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to move his prized left-hander. According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News, former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, now in the team’s front office, is heading to Salem, Virginia this week to scout the Red Sox High-A affiliate in the Carolina league where 20-year-old five-tool outfielder Manuel Margot has been crushing the ball this season. Margot is currently batting .323/.361/.523, going 21-for-65 in 17 games this season.… Read More

DPL Alumni Duanel Jones Shines for Fort Wayne Tincaps

Third Baseman Leads Midwest League in Batting By John Nolan / Fort Wayne TinCaps 04/28/2015 10:35 PM ETFORT WAYNE, Ind. — The TinCaps tallied 10 hits Tuesday night at Parkview Field, but lost to the Dayton Dragons, 9-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Third baseman Duanel Jones, who finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, gave Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single. For Jones, it was his team-leading 13th RBI of the year. The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic is now hitting .388 — tops in the Midwest League. His 13 RBIs rank fourth. However, the TinCaps lead didn’t last long. Dayton (10-9) put up three runs in the top of the fourth inning and broke the game open with a six-run seventh.… Read More

Dominican Prospects on Baseball America HOT SHEET

This installment of the Prospect Hot Sheet covers games from April 17-23. Remember, this feature simply recognizes the hottest prospects in the minors during the past week—it’s not a re-ranking of the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects. Contributing: Ben Badler, J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Vince Lara-Cinisomo and Josh Norris.   Ronald Guzman, 1b, Rangers Team: low Class A Hickory (South Atlantic) Age: 20 Why He’s Here: .424/.441/.727 (14-for-33), 8 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1-for-1 SB The Scoop: The 2015 season is going to be a key year for Guzman’s prospect status, and so far all of the signs have been encouraging. One of the top prospects on the international market in 2011, Guzman hit well his first year in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2012 and had shown a sound swing with good plate discipline and emerging power.… Read More