Highlighting the roster will be 2014 bonus baby Julio Martinez. Martinez stands at a mature 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and will play the entire season at just 17-years old. Despite his relative youth, Martinez has tremendous raw power and should cement himself as a middle of the order slugger for the DSL club.
Hitting around Martinez in the lineup will be infielder Hector Martinez; one of the few players with the overall potential to match Martinez’s ceiling. Martinez hit .271 last summer with 15 doubles in his debut, and with additional experience and strength, he should be expected to better those numbers and garner consideration for a trip to the States in 2016.
Also expected to add some punch to the lineup will be slugging third baseman Randel Alcantara and shortstop Isreal De la Cruz. Alcantara, while just 17-years old last summer, led the team in home runs (7) and tied for third in the entire league. Alcantara’s power is his calling card and another successful season with further development of his already solid approach, could see him arrive on prospect lists at season’s end. De La Cruz on the other hand, brings some gap power to the table and he pitched in with seven triples last summer and could improve upon that with more physical maturity in 2015.
Several new players will look to augment the offense, including infielder Jorge Ynirio and outfielder Jeffrei Melo, while catchers Sandy Rodriguez and Bryan Tejeda will bring experience and leadership to the table, rounding out the DSL roster.
On the mound, the Tigers should have some intriguing arms that can bring some heat, including right-hander Rusbell Cabrera, who offers big time arm strength and the potential to blow hitters away as he continues to mature.
Cabrera is arguably the top pitching prospect on the roster, but he will have plenty of support from solid arms like Stanley Martinez, Yei Almonte, and Jorge Baez; all pitchers that can get into the low-90s with consistency and should have no trouble holding opposing DSL hitters in check. The Tigers also added numerous arms to the roster during the off-season, and those arms will find innings and contribute as the season moves along.
All told, the DSL Tigers have plenty of talent and a surprising amount of polish on the roster, giving them a chance to again have one of the better records in the league. If hitters like Julio and Hector Martinez, and Randel Alcantara can carry the load, this version of the DSL Tigers could put up some gaudy offensive numbers that will take the pressure off of a young pitching staff.
TigsTown will have additional scouting details on the DSL Tigers roster as the season moves along, including detailed looks at each of the newly signed prospects.