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TigsTown Top 50 Scouting Reports #50 Jimmy Mojica, #49 Christhian Tortosa, #48 Wenceel Perez, #47 Juan Ramirez, #46 Jack O'Loughlin

The release of the scouting reports of the top 50 prospects in the organization has started with those prospects that were ranked just barely inside the top 50, featuring a number of young, international prospects like Wenceel Perez.

50. Jimmy Mojica (OF)

Tool Grades (Future)

Hit

Power

Speed

Defense

Arm

50

60

45

55

55

 

Mojica represents the sleeper crew in the 2016 international signing class as a tooled up athlete with considerable potential if he can put his tools to use in game action. An impressive physical specimen, Mojica stands 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds at just 17-years old, with excellent strength. Mojica has instincts for center field and an above-average arm, but he may be forced off the position as he develops physically and loses a step of his presently average speed. An aggressive hitter, Mojica must work to temper his approach and take advantage of his ability to make routine contact. With his impressive raw strength and bat speed, if Mojica can develop his hitting ability, he could flash 20-plus home run power that would allow his profile to succeed on an outfield corner.

 

49. Christhian Tortosa (LHP)

Tool Grades (Future)

Fastball

Curveball

Changeup

Command/Control

60

50

40

50

 

Most scouts view Tortosa as a lottery ticket that should be entertaining to watch develop over the next several seasons. Blessed with a lightning quick arm and an easy release, Tortosa’s fastball sits in the 90-91 mph range at present, with the easy velocity to suggest he could spike and throw “really hard” down the line, possibly sitting in the mid-90s from the left side. Tortosa’s fastball has excellent life and he’s shown some aptitude for moving it around the zone. There is some feel to spin his breaking ball and the changeup needs considerable development, making Tortosa a significant project, but one that could payoff with an electric left arm that profiles in a high leverage relief role.

 

48. Wenceel Perez (SS)

Tool Grades (Future)

Hit

Power

Speed

Defense

Arm

55

30

60

60

60

 

One of the Tigers most intriguing international signings in 2016, Perez is an exciting defensive prospect with a potential to be an impact contributor at shortstop. A plus runner, Perez displays premium actions at the game’s difficult infield position, along with the soft hands and consistent feel for the position that give him a chance to project to a plus level at the position. Combined with his plus arm strength and strong instincts, Perez has the look of a gifted defensive player whose profile is carried by the glove. Offensively, Perez displays an all-fields approach with a line drive swing and enough potential strength to drive the ball to the gaps, but he won’t do much more damage than that. Perez will move as quickly as his bat allows, and he could get to the States quickly to test his entire game.

 

47. Juan Ramirez (OF)

Tool Grades (Future)

Hit

Power

Speed

Defense

Arm

55

30

45

50

60

 

Ramirez posted a very intriguing statistical line in the Dominican Summer League last year, exciting prospect watchers and drawing attention to his unique profile. Ramirez’s offensive game centers on his exceptional approach and pitch recognition skills, leading to deep counts and plenty of walks, and his bat-to-ball skills are good enough to suggest he could be an above-average hitter. Ramirez’s power will come up short of the mark, making his need to stick in center field that much more important. Ramirez is a fringe runner that will not improve with physical maturity, and while he is a highly instinctual defender, he could end up shifting to a corner where his strong arm will play, but such a move will put considerable pressure on his offensive development. Ramirez has a chance to evolve into an everyday player, but he carries considerable risk along the way.

 

46. Jack O’Loughlin (LHP)

Tool Grades (Present/Future)

Fastball

Slider

Changeup

Command/Control

55

50

45

55

 

As a 16-year old left-hander, O’Loughlin’s profile contains a ton of volatility that could leave each of these tool grades off the mark down the line. There’s potential in O’Loughlin’s large frame and loose arm for him to end with a plus or better fastball and sharper more dynamic slider, but at present, it would be a considerable leap to project to that level. O’Loughlin’s changeup lags behind his two primary pitches, but he shows excellent indicators for a quality command/control profile down the line. There is a lot that can change physically, mentally, and with pitch consistency that could vary O’Loughlin’s ultimate projection, but at this time he looks like a solid bet to develop into a mid-rotation starte


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