School: Miami Dade College
Selected 2014 stats
Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)
Message board community (39): Darren Seferina was voted #39 in the community vote after first entering the discussion starting at #37 with a vote from freshjmm. Freshjmm believes Seferina has more upside than C.J. McElroy, with speed and the ability to hit, too. Alex Mejia won the vote for #37 despite those commendations. Joining freshjmm in backing Seferina at #38 was pugsleyaddams, but their support was not enough to overcome McElroy’s stature within the community as a whole. However, Seferina won the community vote handily by the time #39 came around. - Jeremy Byrd
Derek Shore: The Cardinals made the second baseman their seventh draft selection, fifth round, in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and he was the first positional player selected by the Cardinals. Along with shortstop Robelys Reyes, Seferina was named a New York-Penn League all-star this season.
Seferina isn’t the most physical player on the field. In fact one might look down on him in a first impression because of his size. He will not ever be much of a power threat but he utilizes the lead-off hitter inside-out swing that produces hard grounders and line drivers into the gaps that enable his blazing speed to come through. Seferina could be an even more effective offensive weapon if his strikeouts were slimmed down and he made more contact to enable his speed to put pressure on defenses.
Defensively, Seferina has everything you want in a second baseman and is very similar to Kolten Wong in this aspect of his game. He is a very solid heady defender with a strong throwing arm.
His tools are intriguing and at 20 years of age, he was two years younger than most NY-Penn League players. Seferina will most likely carry that advantage forward next April by starting with a full-season club.
Brian Walton (40): Curacao, once most known in baseball circles as the home of outfielder Andruw Jones, has produced some top-flight middle infield prospects in recent years. They include a current Braves star, shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
In fact, Seferina told me that as a youngster, he played with Jurickson Profar (Rangers), Jonathan Schoop (Orioles) and Didi Gregorius (Diamondbacks). St. Louis located their prospect playing Juco ball in Miami, however, where he had worked out in the off-season with Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay, a local product.
The fifth-rounder was among the Cardinals’ first signees this June, but missed almost three weeks until he could secure a work visa. When Seferina officially joined short-season Class-A State College at the end of June, he still found wide open opportunity for playing time.
Middle infielders Andrew Sohn and Leobaldo Pina had gone down with season-ending injuries and Brett Wiley remained on suspension. Paired with shortstop Robelys Reyes on and off the field as roommates, Seferina made himself right at home in the Spikes’ regular lineup. The leadoff man committed just eight errors on over 200 chances in more than 400 innings of New York-Penn League baseball and scored points with coaches for his baseball savvy.
As noted above, the left-handed hitter fell just short of reaching .300, including eight doubles and three triples, though his .383 BABIP was high. On the basepaths, Seferina enjoyed an 80 percent success rate, swiping 20 of 25, a total that tied him for fifth-most in the entire Cardinals system, including full-season players who suited up in over twice as many games.
One area in which Seferina could improve is his strikeout rate, having whiffed in just under 25 percent of his at-bats, while walking less than half as often. If he can make headway there, he would become a significantly more effective offensive player.
The Cardinals have to be hoping that with more hard work, Seferina can approach the success levels of his more celebrated countrymen down the road. It is not out of the realm of possibility.
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