Baseball America has released another one of their in-depth analysis of minor league players, publishing today their list announcing the ‘Ten Sleepers From The Gulf Coast League’.
While Baseball America has already released their Top 20 Players In The Gulf Coast League, this list highlights ten quality players who might not have had the skills to be in the top 20, but are still talented and worthy of attention.
On the list is Mets third base prospect, 19-year-old Jhoan Urena. Urena was drafted in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic for $425,000. He played his first year for the Mets in the Dominican Summer League hitting .279/.330/.405 in 262 at bats. He had 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs 34 RBI’s and 12 stolen bases on the year. Urena also worked to 73 total hits this season, the 18th most in the league.
This year, Urena played for the Mets in the Gulf Coast League for 47 games. His batting average was .299, the 14th best in the league, he had a .351 on-base percentage and a .376 slugging percentage in 157 at bats. He had 47 hits, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 4 stolen bases and 20 RBI’s. Despite making notable offensive improvements on both his batting average and on-base percentage, Urena failed to hit any home runs on the season.
Here’s what the passage on Urena read in full:
Jhoan Urena, 3b, Mets: When the Mets signed Urena for $425,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, he stood out for his ability to drive the ball from both sides of the plate. After a solid season in the DSL last year, Urena showed that his bat is more advanced than some scouts initially expected. He shows power in batting practice but didn’t go deep once this season, using more of a line-drive approach in games. The hesitation scouts have with Urena is where he’ll play, since he’s already a heavy-bodied guy who just turned 19 and doesn’t have a quick first step, although his solid-average arm is strong enough to play there.
Also on the list: Cristian Toribio, a shortstop in the Rays organization, Omar Luis, a pitcher for the Yankees, Fernando Romero, a pitcher for the Twins and Rafael Bautista, an outfielder for the Nationals.