Juan Soto signs with the Nationals

Juan Soto Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 10/25/1998 Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6’1″ Weight: 175 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50 Juan Soto   The outfielder has an above-average hit tool and is one of the most dominant hitters on the market. Scouts also consider him one of the more polished bats in this year’s class. Soto has a graceful swing, and although he doesn’t have a ton of raw power, he has a knack for barreling balls. He also doesn’t swing and miss very often. What’s more, the gap power he displays is expected to improve as he develops. Soto has an average arm and good instincts on defense.… Read More

Starling Heredia agrees with the Dodgers

Starling Heredia Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 2/6/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’0″ Weight: 215 lb. Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 Starling Heredia He developed with Franklin Ferrera in Santo Domingo and was selected to the Under Armour All-America game as well as the DPL Elite travel team in 2014. He’s known in international circles as “Pit bull,” but Heredia is much more than a catchy nickname. The son of a former professional baseball player — Heredia’s father played in the Minors for the Mariners — Starling is considered the best corner outfield prospect in the class by some scouts, in part because of his raw power and projectable body.… Read More

Leody Taveras agrees to terms with Rangers

Leody Taveras Hometown: Tenares, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 9/8/1998 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 6’1″ Weight: 165 lb. Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 Count Taveras among the best all-around players in this year’s class. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound outfielder could also be the most athletic. Leody Taveras Taveras comes from baseball bloodlines as his uncles Willy Taveras who played seven seasons in the Major Leagues with Astros, Rockies, Reds and Nationals, and Luis Taveras who posted a seven year career in the minor leagues. Leody has plus defensive actions in the outfield and plus run tool, many evaluators believe he will stay in center field as he progresses through the Minor League ranks.… Read More

Franklin Reyes signs with the Chicago White Sox

Franklin Reyes Hometown: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 9/11/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’3″ Weight: 235 lb. Scouting grades:Hit: 30 | Power: 70 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 40 Franklin Reyes Scouts love Reyes for the player he is now and the player they hope he can be in the future. The younger brother of Franmil Reyes, who plays in the minors for San Diego, Franklin has shown raw power and a plus arm in showcases and games. He profiles as a right fielder and has the big tools that teams like to see in young players. Franklin participated in the Under Armour All-America game and was selected to the DPL Elite travel team in 2014 .… Read More

Wander Javier and the Twins seal a deal

Wander Javier Hometown: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic Position: SS Age: 16 DOB: 12/29/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’0″ Weight: 165 lb. Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 Every team in the big leagues would like a player like Javier in their Minor League system. Wander Javier Javier has a good build for a shortstop, and he has the defensive actions that will allow him to stay at there — at least at the beginning of his professional career. Some scouts project that his body will force him to move from shortstop to third base, but there’s also chance he stays at his original position. Javier is a strong teenager. He has plus raw power and plus arm strength, and he’s shown the ability to hit in games.… 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

Jhailyn Ortiz ranks at the top of 2015 International signing class

Jhailyn Ortiz | Rank: 1 Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 11/18/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 260 lb. Scouting grades:  Hit: 50 | Power: 65 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 Two words come to mind when Ortiz’s name is mentioned: raw power. Ortiz has the most raw power in the entire class, the type of power scouts have not seen from a player his age in years. The teenager puts on a show during batting practice and more importantly, he has shown the ability to hit for power in games. His home runs are legendary, and his line drives into the gaps are just as impressive. Some scouts have concerns about his overall athleticism and wonder if his large frame will eventually force him to switch positions from the outfield (left field) to first base.… Read More

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is amongst the 2015 DPL Elite class at No. 2

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | Rank: 2 Hometown: Nizao, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 3/16/1999 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’0″ Weight: 220 lb Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 65 | Run: 35 | Arm: 45 | Field: 45   Son of nine-time All-Star and 2004 American League Most Valuable Player Vladimir Guerrero, the right-handed batter could be the best overall hitter in the class. He is trained by his uncle Wilton Guerrero, a former Major Leaguer and Vlad Sr.’s brother, in Don Gregorio, D.R. Guerrero Jr. also has big raw power, and he continues evolve as a hitter. He reminds some scouts of his father, and Vlad Jr. has shown the ability to hit a pitch almost anywhere it is thrown, but his overall body frame is much bigger than his father’s was at the same age.… Read More