Prospect Countdown #69 : Ranyelmy Alberto

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #69 : Outfielder/Designated Hitter, Ranyelmy Alberto (photo : Travis Berg)

Ranyelmy Alberto, Outfielder/Designated Hitter

HT : 6'2
WT : 200
DOB : May 27, 1994 (21), in Bonao, Monsenor Nouel, Dominican Republic
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : Signed by Marc Russo and Roman Ocumarez as International Free Agent, October 27, 2011
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


The Los Angeles Angels have a need for power in their system, particularly from the right-side. Though he's very raw at the plate and in the field, Ranyelmy Alberto gives the Angels a hidden piece that brings a mix of power and speed to the field, and he's lurking in the lower levels of the minors. There's plenty of time to polish a hidden gem and turn him into something special for the future.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Alberto has a long swing that stems from a lot of upper body movement. He uses his strong arms to pull the ball, which entails a high amount of power, but low amount of contact. This is something that rarely goes away, which means strikeout rates will stay high, but also come with the gain of power.

Alberto is aggressive at the plate, jumping for fastballs. As he sees more advanced pitching, he'll have to make adjustments in his approach to be successful. He is young enough to make these needed adjustments though, which could be fine tuned against lower level pitchers.

Ranyelmy has good speed, both out of the box, in the field and on the base paths. This has helped him reach double digit stolen bases and he seems to be getting faster each year. This is helped by his natural athleticism.

In the field, Alberto needs to make the proper adjustments. He's very raw in every aspect of the game, and it shows primarily in the field. With his athleticism, along with in-game experience, this should improve.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Alberto's debut professional season came in the DSL, where he hit .246/.323/.343 with 13 extra-base hits (five triples) with 28 runs scored and 24 RBI. 15 of Alberto's 58 games went for multi-hit games, including a six-game stretch where he saw five mulit-hit games and went 12-for-21 with five doubles and five runs scored.

In his final teenage year, Alberto hit .233/.312/.333 with 15 extra-base hits in rookie Orem. Alberto finished the season strong, collecting hits in 17 of his final 22 games, batting .266 with a .643 OPS. In that final stretch, Alberto collected a nine-game hit-streak, going 12-for-32 with a .882 OPS.

Alberto did not find comfort in his first taste of Single-A, batting .168 with a .515 OPS. Alberto did find his power surge though, hitting eight home runs. Alberto did hold a four-hit game in early August.

Alberto had a break out season in 2015, as a 21-year-old in Rookie Ball. He finished the year batting .271 with an .867 OPS. Alberto held a .500 slugging percentage helped by 13 doubles, two triples and nine home runs. Six of those home runs came in his first 13 games, where he hit .431 with a .961 OPS, picking up 19 of his 34 RBI.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Alberto has some time before he really needs to show extensive improvements in his career to be a concern or the opposite end. He'll be 22 for the majority of next season, which means he'd be slightly below average age for Single-A and slightly above for Rookie Ball. A return to Orem or move forward to Burlington will be decided in Spring Training.

Alberto gives the Angels the option of power from the right-side, with the problem of high strikeout rates. He'll need to become much more polished before he even reaches the upper levels of the minors, but if he puts it all together, he could become a great bench piece that mixes power and speed.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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