Yankees Scouting Report: Eduardo Sosa

The Yankees signed 16-year old outfielder Eduardo Sosa for $525,000 out of Venezuela as part of their 'July 2nd' signing group this past year. While he is known for his speed and defense right now, the Yankees believe in his future bat. Here's a scouting report on Eduardo Sosa.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Eduardo Sosa
Position: Centerfield
DOB: March 14, 1991
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

"I felt like they were the right organization to sign with," Sosa said through the help of Dellin Betances translating. "I'm very happy to be with the Yankees because they've always had pride and they work very hard. I'm very happy about that."

Signed for his exceptional defensive abilities and pure speed, the Yankees not only knew what they were getting but they also felt pretty confident in what he could become for them in due time.

"Sosa is a little Johnny Damon type," Yankees' Director of Latin American Scouting Carlos Rios opined on Signing Day. "He's 6-feet, Johnny Damon, with a better arm. That's how I can describe him.

"He has a 50-55 arm right now and he runs 6.6 [in the 60-yard dash] and he's an extremely good fielder in centerfield. He's working on his hit-ability and he's a guy that performs in games.

"As he gets stronger he's going to have a little pop. We're excited to have him. He's a great kid. We spent a lot of time knowing about this kid, for about a year and half now."

While the Yankees are excited about his future potential, both sides believe he's entering the professional ranks with a strong foundation of tools.

"My game is all about speed and defense, that's what I feel are the strongest parts of my game," Sosa admitted. "I feel most comfortable in centerfield, that's my position.

"I'd like to read the long balls, the deep shots, better. That's what I think I need to work on the most defensively right now."

Like a traditional leadoff hitter, he has very good speed and is quite adept at bunting his way on base.

"I feel very comfortable batting first," he admitted. "I've been a leadoff hitter my entire life and that's where I see myself sticking in professional baseball.

"I feel very comfortable bunting the ball to both sides of the field. I don't feel like I'm good at taking a lot of pitches right now so I'm focused on improving that."

While his bunting abilities and speed make him seem like a perfect fit atop a professional lineup, the Yankees know Sosa has some work to do working the counts and improving his pitch selection to be the classic leadoff batter.

"He's a little bit overaggressive at the plate right now," Rios added, "but those are the things - the bunt play is going to play a role - and the pitch selection is something we preach from day one. I think he'll learn that."

Though the Yankees view him as a future Johnny Damon type, and while Sosa could see that comparison in due time, he currently sees himself as another New York outfielder.

"I feel like my game is sort of like Endy Chavez from the Mets," said the 16-year old. "I feel like our games are the same - we both play defense, we both run, bunting-wise, and things like that."

With being pushed to work hard as one of the reasons he chose to don pinstripes for his career, Sosa seems quite dedicated to improving his selectivity at the plate and the strength in his body before beginning his professional debut season in 2008.

"I want to have a good start to the season next year and hopefully I'll start off in the States," he said of his goals. "I like to improve as much as I can and that's what I'll be doing this offseason. If I can do that I feel like I can start off in the United States next season."


Batting and Power. Style-wise, offensively, he's not too far off from his Endy Chavez comparison right now. Like Chavez, Sosa is a very good bunter with an ability to make solid contact. Unlike Chavez however, he needs to have better pitch recognition and selectivity at the plate, and when Chavez had peaked physically when he started his career, Sosa has plenty of room to fill out and add power.

Base Running and Speed. Sosa has above average speed but it remains to be seen if the aggressiveness he has in the batter's box will also translate on the base paths. He has the speed to be a very good base stealer once he learns the nuances of running on the right pitches and in the right counts.

Defense. Where Sosa shines is running down balls in the outfield. As good as his natural speed is, what makes him so much more effective roaming the outfield is the great reads he gets on balls coming off of the bat, a unique tool to have for a kid his age. His arm might not profile as a true plus tool as an everyday big league right fielder, but it is certainly a plus in both centerfield and left field. Defensively he can play all three outfield positions really well already.

Projection. Sosa's defensive ability and speed alone combine to safely project him as a future big league reserve outfielder some day, cut in the mold of an Endy Chavez type. But considering the 16-year old has yet to play a game and his body has plenty of room to add on muscle mass, his ceiling could really go up as he gains more experience and strength. The Yankees view him as a potential leadoff batter and starting centerfielder down the road, but a lot of that will depend on his physical maturation.

ETA. 2013. The Yankees believe his game is polished enough to bypass the Dominican Summer League entirely in 2008 and start his career in the Gulf Coast League. A lot of that will depend on how the other young outfielders shake out on the depth charts next season.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Eduardo Sosa
\r\nPosition: Centerfield
\r\nDOB: March 14, 1991
\r\nHeight: 6'0\"
\r\nWeight: 165
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Left
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt like they were the right organization to sign with,\" Sosa said through the help of Dellin Betances translating. \"I'm very happy to be with the Yankees because they've always had pride and they work very hard. I'm very happy about that.\"\r\n
\r\n
\r\nSigned for his exceptional defensive abilities and pure speed, the Yankees not only knew what they were getting but they also felt pretty confident in what he could become for them in due time.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sosa is a little Johnny Damon type,\" Yankees' Director of Latin American Scouting Carlos Rios opined on Signing Day. \"He's 6-feet, Johnny Damon, with a better arm. That's how I can describe him.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has a 50-55 arm right now and he runs 6.6 [in the 60-yard dash] and he's an extremely good fielder in centerfield. He's working on his hit-ability and he's a guy that performs in games.
\r\n
\r\n\"As he gets stronger he's going to have a little pop. We're excited to have him. He's a great kid. We spent a lot of time knowing about this kid, for about a year and half now.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile the Yankees are excited about his future potential, both sides believe he's entering the professional ranks with a strong foundation of tools.
\r\n
\r\n\"My game is all about speed and defense, that's what I feel are the strongest parts of my game,\" Sosa admitted. \"I feel most comfortable in centerfield, that's my position.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'd like to read the long balls, the deep shots, better. That's what I think I need to work on the most defensively right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nLike a traditional leadoff hitter, he has very good speed and is quite adept at bunting his way on base.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel very comfortable batting first,\" he admitted. \"I've been a leadoff hitter my entire life and that's where I see myself sticking in professional baseball.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel very comfortable bunting the ball to both sides of the field. I don't feel like I'm good at taking a lot of pitches right now so I'm focused on improving that.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile his bunting abilities and speed make him seem like a perfect fit atop a professional lineup, the Yankees know Sosa has some work to do working the counts and improving his pitch selection to be the classic leadoff batter.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a little bit overaggressive at the plate right now,\" Rios added, \"but those are the things - the bunt play is going to play a role - and the pitch selection is something we preach from day one. I think he'll learn that.\"
\r\n
\r\nThough the Yankees view him as a future Johnny Damon type, and while Sosa could see that comparison in due time, he currently sees himself as another New York outfielder.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like my game is sort of like Endy Chavez from the Mets,\" said the 16-year old. \"I feel like our games are the same - we both play defense, we both run, bunting-wise, and things like that.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith being pushed to work hard as one of the reasons he chose to don pinstripes for his career, Sosa seems quite dedicated to improving his selectivity at the plate and the strength in his body before beginning his professional debut season in 2008.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want to have a good start to the season next year and hopefully I'll start off in the States,\" he said of his goals. \"I like to improve as much as I can and that's what I'll be doing this offseason. If I can do that I feel like I can start off in the United States next season.\"
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nBatting and Power. Style-wise, offensively, he's not too far off from his Endy Chavez comparison right now. Like Chavez, Sosa is a very good bunter with an ability to make solid contact. Unlike Chavez however, he needs to have better pitch recognition and selectivity at the plate, and when Chavez had peaked physically when he started his career, Sosa has plenty of room to fill out and add power.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Sosa has above average speed but it remains to be seen if the aggressiveness he has in the batter's box will also translate on the base paths. He has the speed to be a very good base stealer once he learns the nuances of running on the right pitches and in the right counts.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Where Sosa shines is running down balls in the outfield. As good as his natural speed is, what makes him so much more effective roaming the outfield is the great reads he gets on balls coming off of the bat, a unique tool to have for a kid his age. His arm might not profile as a true plus tool as an everyday big league right fielder, but it is certainly a plus in both centerfield and left field. Defensively he can play all three outfield positions really well already.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Sosa's defensive ability and speed alone combine to safely project him as a future big league reserve outfielder some day, cut in the mold of an Endy Chavez type. But considering the 16-year old has yet to play a game and his body has plenty of room to add on muscle mass, his ceiling could really go up as he gains more experience and strength. The Yankees view him as a potential leadoff batter and starting centerfielder down the road, but a lot of that will depend on his physical maturation.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2013. The Yankees believe his game is polished enough to bypass the Dominican Summer League entirely in 2008 and start his career in the Gulf Coast League. A lot of that will depend on how the other young outfielders shake out on the depth charts next season.
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