Johan Sala, Center Fielder
HT : 6'1
WT : 170 lb.
DOB : December 17, 1997, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : International Free Agent 2014 (Signed for $300,000 on July 2, 2014)
Stock : Neutral
Cool Notes : N/A
One of the youngest prospects in our entire countdown, 16-year-old, Johan Sala, has turned the heads of Los Angeles Angels scouts. However, very little is known about the young man, other than the organization likes him a lot, and so do coaches who have worked with him already.
Sala has a compact swing and good bat speed which allows adequate contact and power from a line-drive swing. Sala is very aggressive at the plate, and may need to become a little more disciplined to make his way forward.
Sala is a standout defensive outfielder, which is huge at his age. Sala makes quick breaks to the ball right off the bat, and is an outstanding route taker. He has plus speed, which allows him to track down balls most could not.
Sala will spend the 2015 season with the Dominican affiliate for the Angels. He should stay there for a couple seasons, learning how to play professionally, and make the necessary adjustments to come stateside to face harsher competition. This could take anywhere from two to four years, depending on his growth.
Not enough is known about Sala to note if he will be a future Major Leaguer or not.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.