Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Future Wahoo's: Yorman Rodriguez

I first got to see Yorman play in October of 2008 during am Instructs game vs the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. He was pretty skinny and that looked did not change almost two years later when I saw him in Ogden, Utah when he was playing for the Billing Mustangs in 2010 The Reds signed Yorman at the age of 16 with a $2.5 million out of Ocumare de la Costa, a small coastal town in Aragua, Venezuela. During the two games that I watched in 2008, he was a mess at the plate but when he did make contact the bat made a sound that got your attention. In 2010 with Billings, his only flaw was swinging and missing at breaking balls in the dirt.
 Yorman might arrive in Pensacola sometime late during the 2nd half of the 2012 season if he tears up the Califoria league at High A Bakersfield.  If that doesn't happen, he will more then likely open the 2013 season in Pensacola. The Reds are pretty high on him not based on what he has done so far but rather on what he might be able to do in the future. Yorman completed his first year of full season ball this year at Dayton in the Midwest League at the age of 18 and batted .254/.318/.393 with 10 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 84/25 K/BB, and 20-for-28 SB in 79 games. Not terrible for a player that should should still be in high school. Scouts were impressed with how Yorman still continued to use the entire field with power this season.  In a perfect world, Yorman becomes a athletic right fielder for the Reds roaming Great American Ball Park at the age of 22 with modest power and a high batting average. 

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