Baseball America Embraces Rockies 2019 Latin American Signings
The Rockies made an impact with their efforts in Latin America in 2019, according to Baseball America.
The Rockies signings are headlined by Adael Amador, a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic who received a $1.5 million bonus. Amador won a gold medal in 2017 at the COPABE 15U Pan American Championship, leading the tournament that was heavy with players older than Amador with a .500 average. Last year, he hit .391 with seven walks and three strikeouts in 30 plate appearances in the U-15 World Cup in Panama.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Amador is an advanced hitter with a compact swing, according to Baseball Ameirca, and has a "fairly" clean swing from both sides of the plate.
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Among the other signees:
-- Outfielder Yanguiel Fernandez, 16, Cuba. Fernandez stands 6-foot-2 at 195 pounds, and shows middle of the lineup potential. The left-handed hitter is a focused hitter with ability to recognize the breaking balls.
-- Right-handed pitcher Nelvis Ochoa, 16, Venezuela.Ochoa is still growing, having added a couple inches in the last year, and is now 5-foot-11 at 160 pounds. Has a good pitch mix and throws strikes. In addition to a 90--plus fastball, already commands curveball and changeup.
-- Right-handed pitcher Victor Juarez, 16, Mexico. Received $500,000 bonus, second among Rockies signees to Amador. the 6-foot, 175-pound Juarez pitched for the Tijuana Toros. Has three pitches he can throw for strikes -- fastball, cuverball and changeup.
-- Left-handed pitcher Albert Pacheco, 17, Dominican Republic. Received a $400,000 bonus. The 6-foot-, 175-pound lefthander has seen fastball rise from 90 to 92 miles per hour since July 2. Already has command of a changeup.
--Outfielder Oscar Aude, 16, , Dominican. Received a $400,000 signing bonus. All-Tournament selection at the U-15 World Cup, where he hit .417 with two home runs in 31 plate appearances. The 6-foot, 175-pounder can have swing-and-missed moments.
-- Infielder Esneider Gomez, 17, Dominican Republic. Doesn't have a plus tool, but steady across the board with a high baseball IQ. The 6-foot, 180-pound Gomez is a line-drive hitter with gap power who doesn't swing and miss much.
-- Shortstop Moises Paiva, Venezuelan. The 5-7, 150-pound is strong on instincts with quick stroke from right side.
--Center fielder Elisandro Alcantara. The 6-foot-175 pound Alcantara has speed, plus arm and bat speed with power from right side, but still raw at the plate.
--Righthander Angel Jimenez, 16, Venezuela. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder will hit low 90s with his fastball, and has a curveball and changeup in his three-pitch mix.
--Righthander Jose Barcenas, 17, Venezuela. The 6-foot, 180-pounder throws in the upper 80s with a solid curveball.
--Righthander Bladimir Lopez, 16, Dominican Republic. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, who signed for $160,000, already hits 92 mph with his fastball.
--Righthander Ismael Luciano, 16, Dominican Republic. Signed for $150,000, Luciano is the 16-year-old brother of Giants shortstop Marco Luciano. He is 6-foot, 170 pounds who mixes a curveball and changeup with a fastball that will run up to 90 miles per hour.
--Righthander Wilny Moron, 18, Dominican Republic. More advanced than the younger Dominicans, reaching the mid-90s with his fastball with a chance to add velocity. Lack of secondary pitches could lead to role in bullpen.
And Baseball America identifies shortstop Adrian Pinto, a 5-foot-6, 155-pound shortstop from Venezuela As the sleEper. The 17-year-old has the tools to play shortstop, but opens eyes with hitting ability with his plate discipline and power.