Position: Shortstop/Third Baseman
Date of Birth: 10/21/1994 (2014 Opening Day Age: 19)
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #61 (2012), #86 (2013), #23 (2014)
Background: The Tigers signed Fuentes for $210,000 in 2011 and he posted a .257/.317/.354 line in his first summer of professional ball in the VSL. After coming stateside in 2013, Fuentes posted a .272 average and 14 extra-base hits in 46 games.
|2013 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Compact body; strong for his size; highly athletic; impressive movements on the field; lacks physical projection but doesn't need much with his present body and athletic gifts; takes conditioning seriously; should handle rigors of long season well; good middle infield body.
Hit: Very raw; need to develop approach/plan at the plate; likes to hack and swing at everything; highly aggressive; much better feel for barrel from left side; swing gets mechanical as RHH; may be better off hitting as LHH at all times; does not recognize spin/soft yet; can handle velocity and use entire field depending on placement in strike zone; potential to be average hitter but exceptionally raw and needs multi-grade jump; improvement must include step forward with approach/plan. Grade – Present 3/Future 5
Power: Good bat speed; can put some thump in it at times; more gap-to-gap power than over the fence; can pile up doubles with improved approach; not a big raw power guy but has enough to keep pitchers honest; potential for 25-30 doubles, 5-10 triples and 5-10 home runs at peak; hit tool must progress to reach power ceiling. Grade – 2+/3+
Speed: Consistently average down the line; doesn't always get out of the box well; can make up for slow start once underway but lacks overall consistency; potential to steal 10-12 bases a year but not much more; instincts are solid and will allow speed to play to highest degree. Grade – 5/5
Defense: Has raw shortstop actions; quick feet; good hands with softness; can make the transfer quickly; moves well to both sides; needs to develop smoothness on back hand; plays out of control at times; raw defensive tools are impressive; may fit better at third or second base but will get chance to play SS; well below-average at SS presently with potential to reach average. Grade – 3+/5
Arm: Very strong; easy left side arm; can let it fly when he needs to; trusts it consistently; legit plus; can make all throws from SS; arm will work at 3B as well if move is required; will play plus anywhere on the diamond. Grade – 6/6
Other: Promising athlete with plenty of raw tools; solid work ethic; needs game to slow down; has to develop plan/approach to maximize ability to use tools; reportedly strong makeup.
Summary: Highly intriguing raw tools; has potential across the board; could have average tools in nearly every category; hit tool holds the key; needs experience in the box and development of plan/approach for hit tool to reach current average projection; power will come up short of average but still good to gaps; speed and glove can play average, though shortstop destination is questionable; easy plus arm; potential solid everyday player; excellent athlete with good makeup/work ethic.
Risk: Extreme risk; complex league resume only; hit tool and entire game are raw; defensive question marks; incredibly raw overall player.
Projection: Still not prepared for full-season assignment; likely headed to short-season Connecticut where he will be challenged by experienced college pitchers; has tools to make an impact at any time; will require patience and consistent developmental effort; 4-5 years away from big league radar.
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