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.
- 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. Aside from his anticipated Futures Game appearance, Mondesi also participated in the Texas League All-Star Game as the youngest player on the North Division roster.
The switch hitting short stop has a clean swing from both sides of the plate. He produces plus bat speed which leads scouts and team officials to believe that Mondesi will have a plus hit tool that will play at the next level. With plus speed and athleticism, he projects to remain at short stop. Mondesi has a ceiling of a All-Star SS at the Major League level.
- Born: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
- Position: CF Age: 19 DOB: 9/28/1994 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lb
- Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60
Margot, who was the best overall athlete in the 2011 international market, and is now the best overall athlete in the Boston Redsox organization, has lived up to his expectations. His defense has drawn comparisons to the toolsy Red Sox center fielder, Mookie Betts. Margot reads the ball well off the bat, covers a tremendous amount of ground. His speed plays well on the bases as well, already having swiped 25 bases this season.
Scouts love Margot’s quick hands, which allow him to make a ton of contact. In 181 AB’s in the Carolina League, Margot struck out a total 15 times. Although he is a bit undersized, Margot shows deceptive power, which should produce double-digit home runs at the Big League level. He is presently a line drive hitter, with a polished approach and a fluid swing that projects him to be a first division player, contributing at the big league level.
The Dominican Prospect League congratulates both Raul Mondesi and Manuel Margot for their continuous development and hard work! Felicidades!