DSL Padres Hitter of the Year

Summary: There were quite a few disappointments on the hitting side for the Dominican Summer League Padres, two 50-game suspensions leading the way with only three hitters coming in above .250. Talent, however, is evident and three prospects have elite potential.

Overview: We used a simple formula for the awards, whichever team the player appeared at the most determined their eligibility. For the top prospect we took into account of not what the players did this year, but their age and ability to improve.

Level: The Dominican Summer League is where many Latin American players get their first taste of professional baseball. Games are played during the day and this year featured realignment within the divisions, adding a bigger rotation of teams. Pitchers are generally ahead of hitters at this level.

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Pitcher of the Year:
Jairo Gomez

The most consistent bat in the lineup, Gomez ranked second with 19 extra-base hits and 27 RBI. If he had more men on base, he would have led the team, as he clubbed .301 with runners on. He played three infield positions and was out of his element at short. Best at second base, Gomez has a patient approach that could lead to a high average in future years.

Yoan Alcantara

Alcantara led the team in extra-base hits with 22 and was the team leader in RBI with 37 while also adding 43 runs scored, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all the runs they produced on the season. He also added 12 stolen bases and was a consistent threat through the year. Alcantara did, however, put too much pressure on himself as most of the team struggled through the season. Without protection, it is surprising he did as well as he did.

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Player of the Year:
Jairo Gomez

Gomez led the team in OPS, which is particularly impressive for someone that is a middle infielder. His best month was in July where he hit .298/.406/.526 and was a particularly tough out with runners on and two outs where he hit .280/.455/.600.

Miguel Del Castillo

Del Castillo, 19, displayed impressive plate discipline with a 21-to-28 BB-to-K ratio with 10 of his 36 hits going for extra-bases. He threw out 33-percent of runners attempting to steal and had a .963 fielding percentage. He finished the season leading the team in batting average and on-base percentage.

Others of Note: Alvaro Aristy struggled after his return from a 50-game suspension. He didn't hit for average but did show solid plate discipline. Fabel Filpo may just be the best pure hitter in the Dominican, although he was up and down throughout the 2010 season. Duanel Jones played well in extended and was starting to turn a corner after a 50-game suspension of his own. Alberth Martinez was solid and can improve upon an 18-to-22 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Gabriel Quintana came out on fire before cooling rapidly. He just turned 18 and is someone to watch.

Manager's Comments: "He just needs more game time to learn how to be a professional baseball player. I think we have another Rymer Liriano with this kid." – Evaristo Lantigua on Yoan Alcantara.

Top Prospect: Yoan Alcantara.

The outfielder has a sweet swing with a lean body that projects to add more power as he continues to mature. The multi-tool Dominican native is also a threat on the base paths and projects to hit for average with a high on-base percentage. He learned a lot this season, as teams began to pitch around him. Because he has good bat control, Alcantara was getting himself out. It is still a feeling out process to not expand his zone.

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