BLUF: Outstanding offensive potential that should support a move to third base.
The Player: Dorssys Paulino (SS, Cleveland Indians) – The Indians signed Paulino for $1.1 million last July and held him for his debut in the Arizona Rookie League this year. In 41 games at the complex level he hit a whopping .355/.404/.610 with 14 doubles, six triples and six home runs. Recently promoted to the short-season New York-Penn League.
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Body (6-0, 175): Good frame with some present thickness that could continue to be exaggerated as he matures. He projects to fill out a fair bit and could be more solidly built than he is now.
Hit: Very easy natural hitter. Tremendous bat speed with lightning quick hands. Tons of strength in wrists and forearms. Good bat-to-ball skills and a knack for barreling a variety of pitches throughout the strike zone. Works line to line with easy. Very natural, easy-going swing that generates plenty of hard contact. Really good plate coverage and potential to hit for a high average. Potential plus-plus hitter with a very, very good approach for his age. Grade – 40/70
Power: Naturally strong with plenty of hard contact to all fields. Trusts his hands and natural strength and drives to ball with ease. Has a good line drive swing with gap power and projection for average power long term. Could hit 15+ home runs and pile up 35+ doubles at his peak. Strong power projection that should manifest naturally over time. Grade (raw power) – 40/50
Arm: Throws consistently at an average level but will unleash some throws that earn plus grades. Footwork can decrease the effectiveness of his arm at times but that should improve with experience. Enough raw arm strength and enough projection to have the arm for the left side of the infield. Grade – 50/60
Fielding: Very crude in the field. Moves pretty well and has solid hands but is very raw. Reads off the bat are rough and need a ton of work. Doesn’t have a ton of range. A better defender when he just has to react and may fit very well at third base long term. Could be a solid-average defender at third base as he physically matures and fits the profile a little better. Grade – 30/50 (Third Base)
Speed: Already started to lose a tick of speed since signing. Still flashes above-average home-to-first times but more frequently average. Likely to slow down another grade as he matures. Grade – 50/40
Summation: Extremely young and still very inexperienced and raw. Tremendous offensive potential. Very good polish for his age. Good approach with solid pitch recognition that should continue to improve. Very easy contact with hard drives to all fields. Has power projection that should play in game situations because of his approach and natural swing mechanics. With complete maturation of offensive talents, could hit fifth in a big league lineup. Defense lags behind offense and always will. Profiles better at third base than up the middle, both physically and with the reactions he shows in the field. Has above-average to star potential at the hot corner.
Relative Risk: High. Extremely young with a lot that can go wrong over the next few years.
Future: Tore apart rookie ball this summer and has the skills to hold his own in short-season ball over the next couple of weeks. Should make his full-season debut to start the 2013 season and should spend the entire season there. Will have to move off shortstop to move quickly beyond Low-A as Francisco Lindor will be in his way. Could catch up to Lindor because of offensive potential and could have a similar 2014/2015 pace to the big leagues.