By Jason Parks / Baseball Prospectus
Wendell Rijo: Rijo suffered a substantial knee injury before signing in the J2 window in 2012, which impacted his debut season, although, the then-17-year-old still showed off his natural bat-to-ball ability at the complex level. The swing and setup are a bit unorthodox, but the toolsy Dominican makes it work, and if he continues to hit in the New York-Penn League, the now healthy second baseman could really step forward as a prospect. I really like this kid.
Dominican Prospect League post
Although Wendell Rijo wasn’t the best runner or had the best power, he was undoubtedly the best baseball player in the Dominican Prospect League in 2012.
His future tools grade out to be a solid Major League player as he runs plus, has a solid average arm and defense, and should hit for average and power. Wendell suffered an ACL injury during the DPL Elite Travel Team tour during the 2012 season. Prior to the injury Rijo took the league by storm, he was selected to the DPL All-Star Game where he was named MVP for deciding the game with a walk off hit providing the red team with the victory. The Boston Redsox reached an agreement with Rijo for a contract value of $625,000.00.
CF Manuel Margot: You can make a case that the 19-year-old Dominican already belongs in the top 10 in this system, with an above-average defensive profile in center field and impact speed. The bat still has question marks and Margot lacks high-end offensive upside, but the overall profile could be a first-division player, and with a string full-season debut in 2014, he could find himself in the top 10 without much debate