Scouting Mets Prospect #39: Yohan Almonte

The New York Mets signed right-handed pitcher Yohan Almonte out of the Dominican Republic back in 2007. A slow and steady riser since then, he offers the organization some consistency on the mound that's seldom found at the lower minor league levels.

Vital Statistics
Name: Yohan Almonte
DOB: November 9, 1989
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Status: Free Agent Signing (7/2/2007)

Fastball: Almonte doesn't overpower with his 90-92 MPH fastball, but what he lacks in velocity, he makes up for with command and good natural tail. His fastball shows late bite in to right-handers, which allows him to stay off the heart of the plate. However, when he does miss, his fastball can expose him. If he misses location, his fastball will break back over the heart of the plate and open him up to home run contact (15 HR allowed in 122 IP in '11). He also struggled at times to keep the fastball down in the zone in 2011, leading to a lower ground ball rate – also another reason for a spike in home runs allowed.

Other Pitches: Almonte's top secondary pitch is an 81-85 MPH slide with sharp, late break down and in to left-handers. His consistent release point makes it his toughest pitch, and with a slight deception out of his hand, it gives Almonte his most reliable strikeout option. His high-70s changeup flashed potential last season, but the pitch did not make the jump as anticipated and is the leading reason why Almonte didn't move compared to last year's list. He still demonstrates inconsistent arm speed, which in turn effects his changeup's movement and tempo.

Pitching: Almonte is a fast worker who relies on command to stay ahead of hitters. Yet, despite some inconsistencies in his effectiveness of his pitches, Almonte's strong suit is that he's consistent in his ability to eat innings and that's a testament to his tempo. When healthy, the right-hander is good for five starts and 30 innings a month at a level when his innings were still monitored last year. He walks few batters, and even when he runs into early trouble, he does a good job of limiting damage and working deeper into the game.

Projection: Almonte remains in "wait-and-see" position as far as his upward mobility, but if he can find the necessary consistency, he has the right mixture of pitches to be a starter of the back half of the rotation. One concern moving forward is his size. At 6-foot-1 and roughly 165 pounds, there isn't a lot of strength to his frame. However, his aforementioned ability to eat innings does bode well for his future. Showing he can get to 140 innings in the minors would be a very positive sign.

ETA: 2014. Almonte will be off to St. Lucie next season, and if he breaks right, could get time in Binghamton given the upward mobility of the guys ahead of him. Regardless, the 22-year-old shouldn't be expected in New York before at least another two full years on the farm.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics
\r\nName: Yohan Almonte
\r\nDOB: November 9, 1989
\r\nHeight: 6'1\"
\r\nWeight: 170
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nStatus: Free Agent Signing (7/2/2007)
\r\n
\r\nFastball: Almonte doesn't overpower with his 90-92 MPH fastball, but what he lacks in velocity, he makes up for with command and good natural tail. His fastball shows late bite in to right-handers, which allows him to stay off the heart of the plate. However, when he does miss, his fastball can expose him. If he misses location, his fastball will break back over the heart of the plate and open him up to home run contact (15 HR allowed in 122 IP in '11). He also struggled at times to keep the fastball down in the zone in 2011, leading to a lower ground ball rate – also another reason for a spike in home runs allowed.\r\n

\r\nOther Pitches: Almonte's top secondary pitch is an 81-85 MPH slide with sharp, late break down and in to left-handers. His consistent release point makes it his toughest pitch, and with a slight deception out of his hand, it gives Almonte his most reliable strikeout option. His high-70s changeup flashed potential last season, but the pitch did not make the jump as anticipated and is the leading reason why Almonte didn't move compared to last year's list. He still demonstrates inconsistent arm speed, which in turn effects his changeup's movement and tempo.\r\n

\r\nPitching: Almonte is a fast worker who relies on command to stay ahead of hitters. Yet, despite some inconsistencies in his effectiveness of his pitches, Almonte's strong suit is that he's consistent in his ability to eat innings and that's a testament to his tempo. When healthy, the right-hander is good for five starts and 30 innings a month at a level when his innings were still monitored last year. He walks few batters, and even when he runs into early trouble, he does a good job of limiting damage and working deeper into the game.\r\n

\r\nProjection: Almonte remains in \"wait-and-see\" position as far as his upward mobility, but if he can find the necessary consistency, he has the right mixture of pitches to be a starter of the back half of the rotation. One concern moving forward is his size. At 6-foot-1 and roughly 165 pounds, there isn't a lot of strength to his frame. However, his aforementioned ability to eat innings does bode well for his future. Showing he can get to 140 innings in the minors would be a very positive sign. \r\n

\r\nETA: 2014. Almonte will be off to St. Lucie next season, and if he breaks right, could get time in Binghamton given the upward mobility of the guys ahead of him. Regardless, the 22-year-old shouldn't be expected in New York before at least another two full years on the farm.
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