Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet A Prospect : Ronnier Mustelier

Meet a Prospect is back, and this time we are going to be highlighting Empire State standout Ronnier Mustelier.  Just a few weeks back Ronnier was in AA Trenton but after homering in his fourth straight game down there , after being extremely impressive in a very short time in the Yankees system, but the Yankees could not keep the 27 year old utility player down anymore.

It is hard to really discuss where Ronnier came from, how he was as a kid, etc because of his defection from Cuba so we will instead jump straight into what he has done in his very short time as a New York Yankees farm hand.

Ronnier does not show up on anyone's top prospect list, and he probably won't, because of his age. A lot of people fail to realize or know that this is only his second year in the minors after defecting from Cuba in 2009. He actually recently signed with the Yanks last year in June although he played professional baseball in Cuba averaging a triple slash of .281/.405/.421 in 88 games.

Ronnier actually just started in the GCL last season, but he only lasted five games there. He had a triple slash of .500/.524/.550 in those five games and he impressed the Yankees brass so much that he completely skipped over Charleston and went straight to the High A Ball Tampa Yankees. He completed the rest of the season in Tampa, with a triple slash of .333/.378/.524, before being promoted to Trenton for this season. He only lasted 25 games in Trenton before moving to AAA Empire State putting up a triple slash of .353/.412/.598.

We have seen plenty of guys who can hit and not play defense though in the Yankees farm system, Brandon Laird and Jorge Vazquez come to mind, but that does not seem to be an issue with Ronnier. He is a pretty solid third baseman and can play in the outfield in a pinch. Makes you wonder why we have Raul Ibanez playing Left Field with Brett Gardner out and not  rushing giving this kid a chance. He has decent speed, steals bases when he has to, and keeps his strike out numbers low. I really think the way this kid is playing this season we just may see him in the Bronx sooner then you think....

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