Sunday, June 23, 2013

Meet A Prospect Zoilo Almonte

This is an article revisit back from February when The Greedy Pinstripes had prospect month showcasing prospect Zoilo Almonte. Now seems like a good time to revisit this article and meet Zoilo Almonte all over again.

Meet A Prospect : Zoilo Almonte

Zoilo Almonte was born on June 10th, 1989 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic. Zoilo has been in the Yankees system since 2007 when he signed as an International Free Agent at age 16. He has consistently flown under the radar for the Yankees in their system being overshadowed by a deep outfield class but had a coming out party in the 2011 season, his age 22 season. In that 2011 season Zoilo put up a triple slash of .298/.373/.522 and has instantly put himself on the Yankees radar as far as potential bench players and mid season call ups as soon as this season. 

Almonte is considered to have a plus arm with a very athletic build at 6'0" and 200 lbs and has been called a great defender. He is also a switch hitter who has shown great plate discipline for such a young player and is considered to be mature beyond his time when it comes to his baseball skilss. He has great BB% and power numbers in his career despite his smallish frame. This will be Zoilo's second season on the 40 man roster and under Rule 5 Draft protection and will start the season in Scranton after playing over 100 games in Trenton last season putting up a .277/.322/.487 to go with his .808 OPS. 

ETA : Late 2013 - Mid 2014

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