Name: Yohermyn Chavez
DOB: January 26, 1989
After being signed to a lucrative bonus in 2005 Chavez bypassed the Dominican Summer League and was sent to play in the Appalachian League as a 17-year-old. The outfielder certainly held his own as he batted .276 in 36 games.
"He's still extremely raw," said one scout, "and he hasn't mastered the Blue Jays plan of taking pitches."
The scout went on to say that Chavez is a free swinger at the plate, but he does make more contact than most players at his age.
"I don't think he'll ever have the high on-base percentage the Jays like in their players, but I do think he will develop into a smart contact hitter."
Chavez hit just one home run this past season and scouts are split on his future power potential.
"He doesn't have the power swing that most of these young Latin hitters display," said a second talent evaluator."
"He's still extremely young and was rushed to baseball in the United States. The power will come with experience and discipline."
Batting and Power: Chavez worked hard on his swing this past season and the dedication showed as scouts noted his swing got better towards the end of the season. He still can't hit for consistent power, but he's still growing into his body and the power will likely come as he gets stronger.
Speed: Chavez has average speed. His not a threat to steal bases, but can move well in the outfield and is a good base runner.
Defense: His defense is also average. Chavez does not have the range to play center field but his arm strength is strong enough for him to stick as a right fielder. He'll end up as a corner outfielder.
Projection: Right now it's tough to project Chavez as a five-tool talent and most talent evaluators will agree he won't develop into a pure five-tool threat. His speed and defense is average, and there are legitimate concerns with his power.
2007 Outlook: Chavez will begin the 2007 season in extended spring training and join Auburn in June.
ETA: 2011 : Most talent evaluators feel that Chavez is about four years away from the big leagues.
Scouting Jays Prospect #22: Yohermyn Chavez
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