Position: Outfielder Height: 5-11 Weight: 175
Born: 11/8/1984 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Arlet has been bouncing around the Tigers Caribbean facilities for several years now, garnering his first significant playing time in 2005 with the DSL Tigers. While playing in 61 games, Luis logged a .208/246/.330 line, with 14 stolen bases, and almost a strikeout a game. Not inspiring numbers for a 20 year old in that league. The Tigers decided to stick with him, hoping that his tools would blossom after coming stateside. The early returns indicate they may have, as Arlet was sitting on a .322/.362/.496 line through Wednesday. Those numbers ranked Arlet 3rd in batting average, 14th in OBP, and 6th in slugging; giving the Tigers reason to believe he might just become the productive player they thought they had signed out of Latin America.
Arlet's only plus tool is his speed, which he uses well on the bases, but struggles to apply in the outfield. His motions on steal attempts are swift and decisive, leading to an extremely high success rate. His bat has average power, but his ability to make contact has improved dramatically. With continued strides, he could become a perennial .300 hitter. He jumps on fastballs, but often allows his swing to get long, even though most of his success comes from staying back and driving the ball with a short, compact stroke. He is reluctant to take the ball the other way, and must learn to do so as he continues to move up. As I mentioned, his defense is a little rough, and much of that is tied up in his extremely raw instincts. He is slow to react to balls off the bat, and his routes are poor. He can make up for some mistakes with his speed, but not enough to make him even an average defender. Luis' arm is a tick above average, and could improve with slightly better mechanics. Overall, he's still extremely raw, but some of the tools are starting to peak through. At his peak, he likely profiles as a speedy fourth outfielder/defensive replacement.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% R
Arlet has battled some nagging injuries while playing in the DSL, but none have been serious enough to cause long term concern.
It appears Arlet will remain in the GCL for the remainder of the season, despite his offensive dominance. As such, I would also expect him to get significant time in the fall instructional league, where the Tigers will try to get a better handle on his ability to handle full-season ball in 2007. As someone who will be 22 at the start of next season, it's not impossible that he could be pushed to West Michigan for a true test of his abilities. Arlet's ceiling appears limited at this time, but there's still a chance he could put things together and make a run at the big leagues. Regardless, don't expect to see numbers akin to this season, on a regular basis.
Mark Anderson covers the Tigers' minor league system and all of minor league baseball for TigsTown.com. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.