TCN 2014 Cardinals Prospect #32: Edmundo Sosa

How does the Cardinals' top player from the Dominican Summer League stack up against others in the system?

The Cardinal Nation/ Player Profile
(including links to full 2013 and career stats)

2013 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA SS 3/6/1996 5-11 170 R R 2012 FA

Home: Panama City, Panama

Selected 2013 stats

DSL 0.314 0.325 169 33 53 8 3 27 22 15 7 0.411 0.396 0.450 0.846

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

Message board community (25): Edmundo Sosa was one of the Cardinals' most significant signees out of the international class in 2012. His $425,000 bonus was the biggest of the year for a player from Panama. He is considered one of the better true shortstops out of that class, so you know the Cardinals obviously liked him and saw something in him to give him that big of a bonus.

Among DSL shortstops in 2013, Edmundo had one of the best offensive campaigns. He ranked fourth in batting average (.314), tied fourth for in on-base percentage (.396), tied for second in slugging (.450), second in OPS (.846), second in wOBA (.411), and second in wRC+ as well (149). He was also one of the youngest shortstops putting up those numbers, albeit in limited at bats.

Sosa's 2013 performance was so impressive that it earned him an invitation to fall instructs. It was rare for a first-year Latin player, and most likely means he could receive an invite to the Cardinals minor league extended spring training camp in 2014.

Cardinals director of international operations Moises Rodriguez spoke very highly of Sosa, who was also awarded The Cardinal Nation's nod as the Cards' Dominican Summer League Player of the Year.

Rodriguez exclaimed, "Sosa was tremendous. He played good defense and got better defensively as the year went on. He has a good understanding of the strike zone for a 17 year old. When you watch his at bats, he looks a little more polished than a lot of the DSL kids you seen down here. He flashed some power. He hit some balls in the gaps - the opposite field side and the pull side. You just there and say, ‘Wow! Where did that come from?' because he is not a big guy. He has gotten a little stronger over the year".

In the last part of the interview, Rodriguez said, "We should get used to hearing his name as he is going to be a pretty good prospect for us in the near future". All Sosa has to do to work toward becoming that long-term shortstop the Cardinals have sought after is to remain at the position and translate his hitting over to the U.S starting next year. - DTFlush234

Brian Walton (38): This ranking does not imply that I do not like Sosa, because I do. Having said that, however, I feel pretty strongly that about the top 30 names on my 2014 prospect list each has a fairly clear major league future ahead. It is more difficult to make that case for any player who has yet to appear in official games in the USA, even a very talented 17-year-old like Sosa.

There is plenty to be positive about. After all, we named Sosa our top rookie player in the entire system, even ahead of all of the position players drafted in 2013. I liked what I saw directly and heard from coaches at instructional league camp.

This summer in the DSL, where he was an all-star, Sosa batted .314. That is an accomplishment at any level, but even more so in the pitching-dominant DSL, where the average hitter batted 78 points lower, just .236. Sosa led his DSL Cardinals club with 27 RBI and impressively walked (22) more often than he struck out (15) in 169 at-bats.

With middle infield having been among the weakest positions in the system, the Cardinals put an obvious focus on bolstering second base and shortstop in the 2013 draft. As a result, Sosa will need to continue to improve as he battles standout players such as Oscar Mercado for playing time in short-season ball. The internal competition should be fun to watch and I surely would not count Sosa out.

Our 2014 top 40 countdown continues: To see the list of top Cardinals prospects announced to date and remaining article schedule, click here. You can also read the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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