PP Scouting Report: SS, Ferdin Tejada

The slick fielding shortstop was signed by the Yankees in February of 2000 out of the Dominican Republic and possesses great all around tools. Tejada broke in as a professional with a stellar Dominican Summer League debut, hitting .330 in 46 games, good for second best in the league. He has shown tremendous progress over the last few years and scouts love his above-average arm and good hands.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ferdin Tejada (Sometimes spelled Tejeda)
Position: Shortstop
DOB: September 15, 1982
Height: 5'11"
178 lbs
Place of Residence:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A switch-hitter, the twenty-one-year-old might be as speedy as they come, using it to create havoc on opposing defenses. His skills as a shortstop are marvelous and there's no doubt that it is major league caliber. In terms of physique, he resembles young Mets phenom Jose Reyes.

Tejada will never be much of a power guy, but rather accumulate a high total of extra-base hits and walks. He has a quick, compact swing and uses all fields extremely well. Scouts love his tools and the fact that he is a fundamentally sound player.

During the Arizona Fall League, Ferdin struggled with the bat, hitting just .242 with one double, no homers, and 5 RBIs in 66 at-bats, but he was arguably the best defensive shortstop present.














2003 Rafters (AFL) .242 66 1 0 5 4 2 2 14 .265 .258
2003 Tampa .295 217 9 0 20 33 4 6 38 .320 .382
2003 Gulf Coast .393 28 2 0 3 4 1 2 4 .433 .464
2002 Staten Island .276 181 7 0 18 29 11 11 33 .316 .337
2002 Gulf Coast .300 60 3 0 2 13 3 10 9 .394 .350
2001 Dominican .330 188 7 1 19 41 13 26 30 .411 .457

Batting and Power. He goes the other way extremely well and utilizes his running ability. Ferdin is a better hitter from the right-side and is vulnerable as a left-hander. Isn't a power threat, but will rack up a large amount of extra-base hits.

Base running and Speed. Tejada might just be one of the fastest runners in the organization and will see his steal production increase as he moves up the ladder. He's a smart runner and rarely exhibits blunders on the bases.

Defense. He has very soft hands and an above-average arm and that combination usually makes for a pretty darn good defensive player. It's exactly the case for this guy. During the Arizona Fall League, he dazzled with his defense and showed scouts he's got what it takes.

Projection. If Ferdin can continue to advance with his bat, he has the potential to be a very solid all-around player. He's got a very good work ethic and the tools to be something special. There's no doubt he has shot right up the Yankees chart and in all likelihood will continue to do so.

Comparison: Outside of the switch-hitting aspect and minus the power, Jimmy Rollins is an accurate assessment. Both are very good defensively with great range and use their speed to their advantage both with the bat and the glove.

ETA: 2006, most likely starting at Class A Battle Creek in 2004.

Second Base Comments

Currently, the organization doesn't have an immediate impact player that could step in and do the job. Ferdin Tejada will end up being the most polished player, with a few that may end up being solid utility infielders. With Derek Jeter entrenched as the shortstop in the Bronx, most of these guys will either switch positions or end up being traded in deals.

1. Ferdin Tejada - Excellent defensive player that sprays the ball, uses his speed, and does the fundamentals. Needs to improve from the left-side of the plate. Little power.

2. Deivi Mendez - His work ethic has been questioned and he has been unable to shrug off the injury bug so far in his professional career. Went from the GCL to Columbus in 2003, but didn't find an offensive rhythm at any of the levels.

3. J.T. Stotts - Acquired in the deal that sent left-handed reliever Chris Hammond to Oakland, Stotts, 23, has a knack for getting on base and utilizing his speed. Much like Tejada, he doesn't project for much power but plays solid defense. In the A's system during 2003, he split the year between high Class A Modesto and Double-A Midland, hitting .293 with 2 homers, 51 RBIs, and 15 steals in 121 games.

4. Bobby Smith - Enjoyed a solid offensive season for the Clippers, hitting .282 with 8 homers and 69 RBI in 458 at bats. Needs to improve knowledge of the strike-zone and struggles defensively at times.

Baseball America contributed to this report.

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