TigsTown Scouting MLN

While the Tigers have signed several more prospects out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela this summer, there are still plenty of additional prospects that TigsTown looks to bring you the information on. Check inside for details on seven prospects throughout the Tigers Latin American programs.

Julio Rodriguez – Catcher
Rodriguez is yet another catcher within the system with positive catch-and-throw skills. He has a good arm behind the plate with some accuracy, and his ability to block balls in the dirt is rapidly improving. Rodriguez still has some learning to do with respect to calling games and handling a pitching staff, but that should come with increased maturity. At the plate, he has a disciplined approach with good hand-eye coordination that leads to above-average contact ability.

Victor Dionicio – Outfielder
Dionicio is one of the most purely talented players on the DSL roster, flashing excellent tools across the board; though those tools are extremely raw. His power, speed, and arm strength are all plus tools, and have flashed well this season. He runs well from the left-handed batter's box, getting down the line in a hurry. Victor is still learning how to use his speed in the field, but reports indicate he has made some strides in that regard. His ability to make consistent contact remains in question, but his power potential definitely flashes during batting practice, and should translate to games as he matures.

Marcos Nunez – Pitcher
Nunez has pitched quite well for the DSL Tigers this summer, and his stuff explains why. With a tall 6-foot-6 frame, Nunez creates an excellent downhill plane on his fastball, and he pounds the zone with strikes. His fastball sits comfortably in the 89-91 range, and can touch 93 on occasion. Marcos also mixes in a solid curveball and change-up that work to keep hitters off balance. His command could stand to improve, and he will need to refine one of his two off-speed pitches to maintain his success as he comes stateside, but there is certainly promise for an 18-year old pitcher with his frame and basic foundation.

Ramon Lebron – Pitcher
With an organization that seems to continually find high ceiling pitchers, one that has flown a bit under the radar to date, is Lebron. With a quick arm action that moves his fastball at 92-93 with movement, Lebron has enough juice on the heater to get it by hitters with ease. As he approaches physical maturity, Ramon could gain a couple of extra ticks on his fastball, raising his ceiling that much more. His curveball is very sharp at this early stage and shows the potential of being a plus pitch down the line, and his change-up could be an average pitch.

Wondy De Los Santos – Outfielder
A versatile player capable of playing all three outfield positions and both middle infield positions, Wondy can find his way on the field in any circumstance. He has speed and good defensive instincts at just about any position, allowing him to adjust rapidly. His arm is strong enough to be placed anywhere on the diamond, with good mechanics and a quick release. Wondy has shown off some contact ability with a line drive swing that doesn't generate much power.

Gilbert Gomez – Catcher
One of several catchers on the VSL Tiger roster, Gomez is one of the least likely to remain at the position long term. His arm is very strong, but his receiving and blocking ability are rough at best. He can fire bullets to second base with reasonable accuracy, but his footwork is raw and keeps him from posting strong pop times. At the plate, Gomez flashes well above-average power that should continue to develop as he refines his body. His contact ability has come into question, but he has made strides as he has refined his approach at the plate.

Michael Torrealba – Pitcher
Though he's a little on the small side as far as right-handed pitchers go, Torrealba has plenty of strength in his 5-foot-10 frame, and he generates good velocity on his fastball. Working consistently in the 92-93 range, he can ramp it up higher on occasion, and project to potentially hold that velocity as he fills out in the coming years. Michael's slider is very sharp, and a potential plus pitch down the line. He is a true reliever in every sense of the word, and he attacks hitters with his best stuff at all times.

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