Scouting Report: Abraham Almonte

Signed a year ago and seemingly destined to debut in the United States this past season, the Yankees sent second baseman Abraham Almonte to the Dominican Summer League instead, where he earned team MVP honors. Despite being one of the youngest players, he is one of the legitimate impact bats in the farm system and he'll be one to remember in the coming years.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Abraham Almonte
Position: Second Base
DOB: June 27, 1989
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 180
Bats: Both
Throws: Right

Signed a year ago as part of the July 2nd signing period out of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the Yankees landed themselves a dynamic offensive talent in Abraham Almonte.

One of the more exciting players to enter the Yankee organization in quite a while, Almonte was brought to the United States in Extended Spring Training last April with the thoughts of allowing him to man the second base position for the Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2006.

However, just 16-years old at the time, the Yankees thought it would serve him better to experience some success in the Dominican Summer League first.

"Yes," Almonte said he was disappointed going to the Dominican Summer League instead of the Gulf Coast League. "I felt deceived at first, but I came back here and had a great year in the Dominican Summer League and now I'm ready to go back to the United States next year."

"I don't feel bad anymore because they told me if I had a good year this past season that I would go to the U.S. next year."

Almonte had more than a "good" year this past season. He hit .254 and led DSL Yankees1 in stolen bases (36), walks (55), runs scored (51), and tied for the team-lead in triples (3) and home runs (8).

"Yes I was expecting that type of year," Almonte said through the help of Livio Oleaga translating, "because I worked really hard and that's why I work so hard, to have the type of year I had this past season and to even get better."

Almonte, a second baseman, is known more for his bat than he is for his glove. He committed 13 errors in just 63 games this past season and he realizes his defensive play is the only thing preventing him from becoming a complete player.

"I need to work on my defense the most, mostly on my runs to the left side and down," he said of his range towards the gap on the first base side of the field.

But while his defense is suspect, everybody realizes Almonte's meal ticket is his offensive potential.

"Batting is what I do best," he admitted. "Hitting for power comes naturally to me so the thing that I'm working on the most is making contact."

Almonte drew more walks than he struck out in the Dominican Summer League this past season. So while the average wasn't where he would have liked, the Yankees believe he can hit for a higher average.

Patient at the plate and swinging a powerful bat, it is sometimes hard to remember that it is Almonte's plus-plus speed that separates him from most other players. Compared to some of the game's elite stolen base threats, he is confident on the base paths.

"Not here [in Dominican Instructs]," Almonte said if there was anybody faster than him, "there's nobody faster than me. I got to see Brett Gardner at the Instructional League in Tampa and I think I'm as fast as he is."

His special ability to switch-hit with power and blazing speed conjures up images of another middle infielder in New York, a player that Almonte compares himself to at the big league level.

"Jose Reyes," Almonte quickly named as the big league player he most resembles. "He's fast and I play the same way that he does."

While oftentimes a player is quick to name the game's biggest stars for a comparison, Almonte is not alone in his assessment.

"Abraham Almonte is going to be more than a power hitter because of his great speed," Dominican Hitting Coach Freddy Turburcio revealed. "He's going to have some power but he's going to struggle with average because he's swinging for the fences all the time. He's having a hard time adjusting to staying with the ball and hitting line drives."

"But he's got speed, power - you know, he's going to be a Joe Morgan type of player," Turburcio continued. "He can be like Jose Reyes. He can run but he's got more power than Reyes even though Reyes hit 19 home runs this past year. I think Almonte is going to have more power."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2006 DSL .254 209 11 8 26 51 36 55 45 .409 .450


Batting and Power. Like Jose Reyes, the ball jumps off of Almonte's bat with authority. And like Reyes, Amonte is a natural right-handed hitter who is learning to become a better hitter from the left side of the plate. While his power compares favorably to Reyes, perhaps even a shade better, Almonte has shown he can be extremely patient in the batter's box, a trait that Jose Reyes does not have.

Base Running and Speed. Almonte is one of the fastest players in the organization and his natural speed grades out an 80 on the traditional 20-80 scout's scale. But not uncommon for a 17-year old in his first year of professional baseball, Almonte has a lot to learn about the nuances of pitchers' moves to tap his true potential speed-wise. He should be a perennial 40+ stolen base threat and a game-changer on the base paths.

Defense. The only thing preventing Almonte from being the complete package on the field is his glove-work. He has the speed to cover a lot of terrain, but needs to position himself better, take better routes on ground balls, and work on turning double plays. He's too athletic not to pick up his defensive game in the coming years, but it is the biggest negative to his game rigt now.

Projection. Offensively, there aren't many position prospects in the Yankee organization with his upside. The fact that he's so patient at the plate also means he is a strong bet to reach his offensive ceiling. How he progresses with his defense will be the deciding factor in how far his game goes, but he has all the looks of a top prospect. He'll not only crack the Top 50 a year from now, but there's a strong chance he'll be a top ten prospect by 2007.

ETA. 2010. It will be interesting to see how Almonte progresses through the farm system playing the same position as Prilys Cuello. The Yankees are going to have to find room for both, which means one will have to skip a level. Cuello is a shade more polished than Almonte right now, so it seems like a good bet that Almonte will begin the 2007 season with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. But he's the type of offensive talent that could get to the big leagues within three years of the short-season leagues.

Pinstripes Plus Top Stories

\r\n \r\n \r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Abraham Almonte
\r\nPosition: Second Base
\r\nDOB: June 27, 1989
\r\nHeight: 5'9\"
\r\nWeight: 180
\r\nBats: Both
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nSigned a year ago as part of the July 2nd signing period out of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the Yankees landed themselves a dynamic offensive talent in Abraham Almonte.
\r\n
\r\nOne of the more exciting players to enter the Yankee organization in quite a while, Almonte was brought to the United States in Extended Spring Training last April with the thoughts of allowing him to man the second base position for the Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2006.
\r\n
\r\nHowever, just 16-years old at the time, the Yankees thought it would serve him better to experience some success in the Dominican Summer League first.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yes,\" Almonte said he was disappointed going to the Dominican Summer League instead of the Gulf Coast League. \"I felt deceived at first, but I came back here and had a great year in the Dominican Summer League and now I'm ready to go back to the United States next year.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I don't feel bad anymore because they told me if I had a good year this past season that I would go to the U.S. next year.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlmonte had more than a \"good\" year this past season. He hit .254 and led DSL Yankees1 in stolen bases (36), walks (55), runs scored (51), and tied for the team-lead in triples (3) and home runs (8).
\r\n
\r\n\"Yes I was expecting that type of year,\" Almonte said through the help of Livio Oleaga translating, \"because I worked really hard and that's why I work so hard, to have the type of year I had this past season and to even get better.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlmonte, a second baseman, is known more for his bat than he is for his glove. He committed 13 errors in just 63 games this past season and he realizes his defensive play is the only thing preventing him from becoming a complete player.
\r\n
\r\n\"I need to work on my defense the most, mostly on my runs to the left side and down,\" he said of his range towards the gap on the first base side of the field.
\r\n
\r\nBut while his defense is suspect, everybody realizes Almonte's meal ticket is his offensive potential.
\r\n
\r\n\"Batting is what I do best,\" he admitted. \"Hitting for power comes naturally to me so the thing that I'm working on the most is making contact.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlmonte drew more walks than he struck out in the Dominican Summer League this past season. So while the average wasn't where he would have liked, the Yankees believe he can hit for a higher average.
\r\n
\r\nPatient at the plate and swinging a powerful bat, it is sometimes hard to remember that it is Almonte's plus-plus speed that separates him from most other players. Compared to some of the game's elite stolen base threats, he is confident on the base paths.
\r\n
\r\n\"Not here [in Dominican Instructs],\" Almonte said if there was anybody faster than him, \"there's nobody faster than me. I got to see Brett Gardner at the Instructional League in Tampa and I think I'm as fast as he is.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis special ability to switch-hit with power and blazing speed conjures up images of another middle infielder in New York, a player that Almonte compares himself to at the big league level.
\r\n
\r\n\"Jose Reyes,\" Almonte quickly named as the big league player he most resembles. \"He's fast and I play the same way that he does.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile oftentimes a player is quick to name the game's biggest stars for a comparison, Almonte is not alone in his assessment.
\r\n
\r\n\"Abraham Almonte is going to be more than a power hitter because of his great speed,\" Dominican Hitting Coach Freddy Turburcio revealed. \"He's going to have some power but he's going to struggle with average because he's swinging for the fences all the time. He's having a hard time adjusting to staying with the ball and hitting line drives.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"But he's got speed, power - you know, he's going to be a Joe Morgan type of player,\" Turburcio continued. \"He can be like Jose Reyes. He can run but he's got more power than Reyes even though Reyes hit 19 home runs this past year. I think Almonte is going to have more power.\"
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\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

\r\n
\r\nBatting and Power. Like Jose Reyes, the ball jumps off of Almonte's bat with authority. And like Reyes, Amonte is a natural right-handed hitter who is learning to become a better hitter from the left side of the plate. While his power compares favorably to Reyes, perhaps even a shade better, Almonte has shown he can be extremely patient in the batter's box, a trait that Jose Reyes does not have.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Almonte is one of the fastest players in the organization and his natural speed grades out an 80 on the traditional 20-80 scout's scale. But not uncommon for a 17-year old in his first year of professional baseball, Almonte has a lot to learn about the nuances of pitchers' moves to tap his true potential speed-wise. He should be a perennial 40+ stolen base threat and a game-changer on the base paths.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. The only thing preventing Almonte from being the complete package on the field is his glove-work. He has the speed to cover a lot of terrain, but needs to position himself better, take better routes on ground balls, and work on turning double plays. He's too athletic not to pick up his defensive game in the coming years, but it is the biggest negative to his game rigt now.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Offensively, there aren't many position prospects in the Yankee organization with his upside. The fact that he's so patient at the plate also means he is a strong bet to reach his offensive ceiling. How he progresses with his defense will be the deciding factor in how far his game goes, but he has all the looks of a top prospect. He'll not only crack the Top 50 a year from now, but there's a strong chance he'll be a top ten prospect by 2007.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2010. It will be interesting to see how Almonte progresses through the farm system playing the same position as Prilys Cuello. The Yankees are going to have to find room for both, which means one will have to skip a level. Cuello is a shade more polished than Almonte right now, so it seems like a good bet that Almonte will begin the 2007 season with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. But he's the type of offensive talent that could get to the big leagues within three years of the short-season leagues.
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