Pedro Florimon has already established himself as one of the better prospects the Orioles have found in the Dominican Republic. His gaudy statistics in rookie ball helped him gain attention, even amidst a prospect-laden infield that included Billy Rowell, Ryan Adams, and Paul Chmiel. The Orioles spent many of their early picks in the 2006 draft on shortstops, but Florimon is clearly at the top of the organizational depth chart.
DOB: 12/10/86 Height: 6-2 Weight: 165 B/T: S/R
Pedro Florimon's age 19 season:
Pedro Florimon had an impressive stateside debut. He hit for average in rookie-level Bluefield and even began to make adjustments after a rough start in short-season Aberdeen. At just 19 years old and facing college-level competition for the first time, the organization is hopeful that his adjustments were for real.
Unfortunately, Florimon has only demonstrated the ability to hit for average. His thin frame is conducive to his agility on defense, but doesn't lend much to his power projection. Florimon did post a nice walk rate, particularly at Bluefield, but it was more a function of him working deep into counts and exploiting inexperienced pitchers than it was an ability to recognize pitches at a high level. A switch-hitter, Florimon is comfortable on both sides of the plate. He has above-average speed but, at this point, poor instincts on the basepaths. p>
Like many shortstops his age, Florimon still has work to do to become a reliable fielder. He committed 25 errors in 59 games, though they did dissipate as the season wore on. Nevertheless, his range and instincts for the position impressed observers and he should have no problem staying at shortstop as he moves up the ladder. Florimon also has a strong arm and showed the ability to make throws from deep in the hole.
Florimon should be primed to make his full season debut at low-A Delmarva in 2007. He may struggle at times early in the season, but he will have ample opportunity to demonstrate that his adjustments at Aberdeen were for real. Florimon projects as the type of player that will have to hit .300 to be an offensive asset, even at shortstop, but that is also not out of the question. Even if his bat fails to develop, his stellar glove will likely get him a look at the highest level in a utility role. At this point, though, the Orioles consider Pedro Florimon to be their best shot at a homegrown shortstop.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com