Natanael Delgado is 6’1″ 175lb born October 23, 1995 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Although Delgado is from San Cristobal he trained with former CLE Indians and PIT Pirates scout Josue Herrera in Santo Domingo. During the start of the 2012 DPL season there was much speculation on what type of player Delgado would project to be and where he would land. He’s a left hand power guy with athletic ability and arm strength to play Right Field. The question marks and concerns were due to his lack of speed and physical maturity although he showed flashes of raw power and a consistent Left handed swing. Delgado didn’t mature as fast as the other guys in the 2012 July 2nd class but in the last 6 month of the season his body began to mature and his true power started to shine. Delgado’s body is lean and well proportioned with room to fill out his frame.
He’s a polished hitter from the left side with a sound, aggressive approach and creates some bat speed with power to the pull side. Delgado was a 2012 DPL All-Star and selected to the DPL Elite Travel Team; during our spring training trip he hit a grand slam off the right field foul pole in Peoria AZ off a hanging curveball, it was a good illustration of what his skills are.
Angels International Director Mark Russo spent a lot of time in Dominican Republic evaluating and following all Dominican Prospect League players in 2012, during his recent trip to DR the Angels started to make their moves. The LAA and Delgado agreed to terms for a contract value of $280,000, the contract is still contingent upon MLB investigation and visa approval.
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He’s a 6.9 runner who shows some outfield arm strength (85 mph) and has fundamentally sound defensive actions as a corner outfielder. If Delgado played in the United States he’d be the type of player who every major college in the country would have significant interest in recruiting, as he wouldn’t have the tools to be a high draft out of high school but would be a potential impact college player and a fourth-to-sixth round pick as a college junior.
Congratulations to the LA Angels, Josue Herrera and the Delgado family!