Scouting Yankees Prospect #36:Abraham Almonte

The Yankees signed then second baseman Abraham Almonte out of the Dominican Republic back in 2005. Missing most of the 2010 season after shoulder labrum surgery, the centerfielder got off to a rough start in 2011 but finally started showing some of his high-ceiling potential with a strong second half in the Florida State League.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Abraham Almonte
Position: Centerfield
DOB: June 27, 1989
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185
Bats: Both
Throws: Right

"It's baseball," Almonte told PinstripesPlus.com towards the end of the season. "Baseball always has a price, every time you think you may have a good game you don't, and sometimes you feel bad and you end up performing well.

"You need to keep a good approach and be open to make adjustments, and I think I [did] that in the second half."

The leadoff hitter batted a solid .268 overall with 42 extra-base hits in his first full year in the Florida State League but it was his .317 average in the second half of the season that really stood out.

"In the beginning of the season it was hard for me to make adjustments but I am doing better now," he said. "I feel like I'm putting good swings on the ball and trying to get my pitch to hit."

A slow starter back in 2009 too when he was with the Charleston RiverDogs, whether his 2011 sputtering out of the gate is a continuation of that trend or more a byproduct of missing most of the season prior remains to be seen. Whatever the case, it was the way he handled himself through adversity that team officials admired.

"[Abe] maintained great focus every day and brought a positive attitude to the field every single day," Tampa hitting coach Justin Turner said. "He highly impressed me how he carried himself through his struggles."

The switch-hitter has always been known for his physical tools too, including good power and excellent speed, as well as his leadership abilities on and off the field. It's the complete package, especially now after one full year having shoulder surgery, that is starting to come together.

"He's an exciting player," Tampa hitting coach Justin Turner said. "He plays the game hard, plays it with passion. Guy's notice what he does; he plays the game so hard and attracts positive energy. If he continues to play the game hard people will follow him."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2011 Tampa .268 537 27 4 52 92 30 52 100 .333 .382
2010 Tampa .263 57 3 0 3 9 5 6 16 .333 .351
2009 Charleston .280 440 14 5 56 63 36 35 81 .333 .391
2008 Charleston .228 443 20 8 46 61 29 47 101 .303 .359
2007 GCL Yankees .288 160 4 3 16 29 8 21 34 .372 .406
2006 DSL .254 209 11 8 26 51 36 55 45 .409 .450


Batting and Power. Almonte has all of the necessary components to be a very good hitter; innate patience at the plate, good pitch recognition and selectivity, great bat speed, and he has turned himself into a good bunter. As most young switch-hitters have to endure, getting a consistent swing path from both sides of the plate has been his hardest task to date but he shows long stretches now where that isn't an issue. An ideal leadoff hitter because of his plus speed, he actually has average power overall that could project to be a shade more potentially in his peak if things break right.

Base Running and Speed. Almonte is a great base runner with plus speed across the board. He is extremely confident in his ability to swipe bases and that can get him caught leaning sometimes, but if he gets even a respectable jump he's good for the extra base. He is an impact runner in every way.

Defense. Defensively Almonte doesn't have a weakness either. He has unbelievable range, good hands, he gets good reads on balls coming off the bat, and he still has a great throwing arm even after his shoulder surgery.

Projection. From the very beginning Almonte safely projected as a big league reserve outfielder at minimum because of his combination of power, speed, patience at the plate, ability to bunt, and play great defense. Nothing has changed, that is still his floor. However, despite the rather inconsistent numbers over the years that would suggest a bench job is his most likely big league role he still has one of the higher ceilings akin to a Jose Reyes type. He has the same kind of electric ability on both sides of the ball and he will still be just 22 years old for a significant portion of the 2012 season so he still has time on his side. Until he shows he can be consistent for an entire season though, he projects more as a quality reserve outfielder.

ETA. 2013. Almonte's second-half surge in Tampa along with the number of quality centerfield prospects coming up right behind him on the depth chart means he should break camp with Double-A Trenton in 2012 and it won't be long after that before New York comes calling.

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\r\nName: Abraham Almonte
\r\nPosition: Centerfield
\r\nDOB: June 27, 1989
\r\nHeight: 5'11\"
\r\nWeight: 185
\r\nBats: Both
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\n\"It's baseball,\" Almonte told PinstripesPlus.com towards the end of the season. \"Baseball always has a price, every time you think you may have a good game you don't, and sometimes you feel bad and you end up performing well.
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\r\n\"You need to keep a good approach and be open to make adjustments, and I think I [did] that in the second half.\"
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\r\nThe leadoff hitter batted a solid .268 overall with 42 extra-base hits in his first full year in the Florida State League but it was his .317 average in the second half of the season that really stood out.
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\r\n\"In the beginning of the season it was hard for me to make adjustments but I am doing better now,\" he said. \"I feel like I'm putting good swings on the ball and trying to get my pitch to hit.\"
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\r\nA slow starter back in 2009 too when he was with the Charleston RiverDogs, whether his 2011 sputtering out of the gate is a continuation of that trend or more a byproduct of missing most of the season prior remains to be seen. Whatever the case, it was the way he handled himself through adversity that team officials admired.
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\r\n\"[Abe] maintained great focus every day and brought a positive attitude to the field every single day,\" Tampa hitting coach Justin Turner said. \"He highly impressed me how he carried himself through his struggles.\"
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\r\nThe switch-hitter has always been known for his physical tools too, including good power and excellent speed, as well as his leadership abilities on and off the field. It's the complete package, especially now after one full year having shoulder surgery, that is starting to come together.
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\r\n\"He's an exciting player,\" Tampa hitting coach Justin Turner said. \"He plays the game hard, plays it with passion. Guy's notice what he does; he plays the game so hard and attracts positive energy. If he continues to play the game hard people will follow him.\"
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\r\n 2011\r\n Tampa\r\n .268\r\n 537\r\n 27\r\n 4\r\n 52\r\n 92\r\n 30\r\n 52\r\n 100\r\n .333\r\n .382
\r\n 2010\r\n Tampa\r\n .263\r\n 57\r\n 3\r\n 0\r\n 3\r\n 9\r\n 5\r\n 6\r\n 16\r\n .333\r\n .351
\r\n 2009\r\n Charleston\r\n .280\r\n 440\r\n 14\r\n 5\r\n 56\r\n 63\r\n 36\r\n 35\r\n 81\r\n .333\r\n .391
\r\n 2008\r\n Charleston\r\n .228\r\n 443\r\n 20\r\n 8\r\n 46\r\n 61\r\n 29\r\n 47\r\n 101\r\n .303\r\n .359
\r\n 2007\r\n GCL Yankees\r\n .288\r\n 160\r\n 4\r\n 3\r\n 16\r\n 29\r\n 8\r\n 21\r\n 34\r\n .372\r\n .406
\r\n 2006\r\n DSL\r\n .254\r\n 209\r\n 11\r\n 8\r\n 26\r\n 51\r\n 36\r\n 55\r\n 45\r\n .409\r\n .450

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\r\nBatting and Power. Almonte has all of the necessary components to be a very good hitter; innate patience at the plate, good pitch recognition and selectivity, great bat speed, and he has turned himself into a good bunter. As most young switch-hitters have to endure, getting a consistent swing path from both sides of the plate has been his hardest task to date but he shows long stretches now where that isn't an issue. An ideal leadoff hitter because of his plus speed, he actually has average power overall that could project to be a shade more potentially in his peak if things break right.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed. Almonte is a great base runner with plus speed across the board. He is extremely confident in his ability to swipe bases and that can get him caught leaning sometimes, but if he gets even a respectable jump he's good for the extra base. He is an impact runner in every way.
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\r\nDefense. Defensively Almonte doesn't have a weakness either. He has unbelievable range, good hands, he gets good reads on balls coming off the bat, and he still has a great throwing arm even after his shoulder surgery.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. From the very beginning Almonte safely projected as a big league reserve outfielder at minimum because of his combination of power, speed, patience at the plate, ability to bunt, and play great defense. Nothing has changed, that is still his floor. However, despite the rather inconsistent numbers over the years that would suggest a bench job is his most likely big league role he still has one of the higher ceilings akin to a Jose Reyes type. He has the same kind of electric ability on both sides of the ball and he will still be just 22 years old for a significant portion of the 2012 season so he still has time on his side. Until he shows he can be consistent for an entire season though, he projects more as a quality reserve outfielder.
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\r\nETA. 2013. Almonte's second-half surge in Tampa along with the number of quality centerfield prospects coming up right behind him on the depth chart means he should break camp with Double-A Trenton in 2012 and it won't be long after that before New York comes calling.
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