Albin Acosta – Right-Handed Pitcher
Another young, raw right-hander, Acosta made his debut with the DSL Tigers last summer working as both a reliever and a starter. Acosta has an ideal pitchers frame with long arms and room for muscle without bulking up too much. At 6-foot-2 he generates a good downward plane on his average fastball, reaching 91-92 with regularity. His slider has made significant strides since signing in March of last year, and it has a chance to be a positive pitch for him. At present, his go-to second pitch is an above-average change-up with good arm speed and arm-side movement. Acosta has a chance to develop as a starter, but in order to take advantage of that chance he will need to improve his command.
Winter Kery – Right-Handed Pitcher
Outside of having a really cool and unique name, Kery has some talent as well. Despite dealing with a shoulder injury right now, Kery has flashed good velocity in the past, touching 90-91 with good sink to his ball and a nice downward plane. His breaking stuff is far less refined due to his lack of experience on the hill, and it is unlikely scouts or coaches will have a good feel for his secondary stuff until after he completely returns from injury.
Endrys Briceno - Right-Handed Pitcher
Briceno is the epitome of projection; the type of pitcher scouts love to dream on. He has a wiry, thin frame that had tons of room for added strength and there's a chance he could still grow more. His fastball is an average pitch now, sitting in the 88-91 mph range and a pretty good likelihood that it could reach the mid-90s before all is said and done. He has some sink on his fastball and gets groundballs when he works low in the zone. His curveball and change-up are both a work in progress, but they project as average pitches down the line. He's still getting used to being a pitcher and not a thrower, and he's also still learning his defensive responsibilities, but those things should come with exposure to the pro game.
Leonel Vasquez - Right-Handed Pitcher
An extremely athletic righty, Vasquez has more projection than his frame suggests. He has a quick arm that generates a very, very heavy fastball that is difficult for hitters to elevate. His curveball flashes as a plus pitch though it lacks the consistency to truly be classified as such at this time. He also mixes in a change-up that has average potential and he is learning to use it effectively to keep left-handed hitters off balance. His athleticism lends very well to repeating his mechanics, and he has a chance to have excellent command down the line.
Carlos Alvarado - Right-Handed Pitcher
Alvarado has another projectable frame at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds. He has some strength now which lends to durability and recovery out of the bullpen. As with many recent signings, the 19-year old Alvarado has plenty of arm strength and can get his fastball up to 93 with some regularity. He is an aggressive pitcher on the mound and he has a promising breaking ball that could give him a solid one-two punch out of the 'pen.
Angel Nesbitt - Right-Handed Pitcher
An 18-year old righty, Nesbitt is a solid 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He has a pretty good idea of how to pitch, particularly for someone his age, and that combines with a solid three-pitch mix (fastball, curveball, change-up) to give him a chance to develop as a starter. His fastball is below average at present, sitting at 87-89, though it could add velocity over the next couple of seasons. Both his curveball and change-up project as average to slightly above-average pitches, but they lack consistency and are a ways from reaching that potential. Nesbitt will get innings in the VSL this summer, and he has a chance to develop into a solid pitching prospect.