Lugo Brings A Ton Of Confidence

Dawel Lugo is playing professional baseball before turning 17-years-old. He is the second youngest prospect in the organization, older than teammate Jesus Gonzalez by less than two weeks. A right-handed infield prospect who is currently listed as a shortstop, Lugo, 16, was signed by the Jays out of the Dominican Republic and is currently participating in the Instructional League.

Before ever signing with the team and then again once under contract, Lugo spent time at the organization's Dominican complex.

"They brought me in for a workout in May and then I was there after the July 2nd signing date," Lugo said with the help of a translator. "I was there for probably a month until they shut down the DSL."

Lugo, who stands 6-feet tall and 188 pounds, explained that while at the complex, he worked on fielding ground balls and his offensive skills. And now in Dunedin for Instructs, Lugo asserted that he is happy to be a part of the organization and glad he's in America. The problem he faces, however, is the language barrier.

"The toughest part right now really is speaking English," he admitted. "I'm in the process of learning that and that's one of the toughest aspects of it."

He is making progress, though, as he works with the teacher the organization provides for the international players during instructs. Lugo goes to class five days a week, so while Instructs is just a few weeks long, this time is valuable for him becoming more comfortable with the English language.

In terms of on the field, Lugo seems pretty confident in his abilities, to say the least.

"All — I've got it all," he said when asked what the strengths of his game were.

He still understands that there is certainly improvement to be made, and he said that while he's at Instructs, the thing he has been working on is getting his legs able to handle the field better.

Maintaining his confidence, Lugo sees himself capable enough to one day play like one of the best shortstops in all of baseball — the Mets' Jose Reyes.

"I think I can be like Jose Reyes," he said. "I like the way he plays the game."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nBefore ever signing with the team and then again once under contract, Lugo spent time at the organization's Dominican complex.
\r\n
\r\n\"They brought me in for a workout in May and then I was there after the July 2nd signing date,\" Lugo said with the help of a translator. \"I was there for probably a month until they shut down the DSL.\"
\r\n
\r\nLugo, who stands 6-feet tall and 188 pounds, explained that while at the complex, he worked on fielding ground balls and his offensive skills. And now in Dunedin for Instructs, Lugo asserted that he is happy to be a part of the organization and glad he's in America. The problem he faces, however, is the language barrier.
\r\n
\r\n\"The toughest part right now really is speaking English,\" he admitted. \"I'm in the process of learning that and that's one of the toughest aspects of it.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe is making progress, though, as he works with the teacher the organization provides for the international players during instructs. Lugo goes to class five days a week, so while Instructs is just a few weeks long, this time is valuable for him becoming more comfortable with the English language.
\r\n
\r\nIn terms of on the field, Lugo seems pretty confident in his abilities, to say the least.
\r\n
\r\n\"All — I've got it all,\" he said when asked what the strengths of his game were.
\r\n
\r\nHe still understands that there is certainly improvement to be made, and he said that while he's at Instructs, the thing he has been working on is getting his legs able to handle the field better.
\r\n
\r\nMaintaining his confidence, Lugo sees himself capable enough to one day play like one of the best shortstops in all of baseball — the Mets' Jose Reyes.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think I can be like Jose Reyes,\" he said. \"I like the way he plays the game.\"
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