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José Rondón

Born: 03/03/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 215
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Smallish frame; maybe shorter than listed; a little heavier than 160 (170+); strong core and legs; could add a little more weight without sacrificing any agility; wiry but lean muscle.
Evaluator Chris Rodriguez
Report Date 06/26/2014
Dates Seen 4/22, 4/24, 5/1, 6/24
Affiliate Inland Empire 66ers (High A, Angels)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 High 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Slightly open stance; a little pre-swing movement with his hands; hands drift into hitting position; quick wrists create plus bat speed; a little wild with his swing at times, but has some feel for the barrel; line drive stroke; ability to go the other way; can get beat by plus velocity and spin; pitch recognition was lacking against quality breaking stuff; adjustments need to be made, but bat speed and good hands can make him an average hitter in years to come; could take a while.
Power 30 Lean strength; gap power; swing is more linear and built for line drives; double-digit home runs will be a stretch.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Clocked 4.30-4.33 to 1st on digs; not a premier base stealer; has to pick his spots; jumps/reads need work; has a second gear; good 1st to 3rd.
Glove 50 Solid glove; actions are clean; makes all the routine plays; sets his feet well and throws on the move; nothing flashy; range is also solid; could lose a step going forward, but he'll be fine at short for the time being.
Arm 50 Solid-average carry across the diamond on the routine play; the play in the hole can trip him up, as he doesn't have a cannon; wont play at 3rd; could see him being a plus defender at 2nd base.

Rondon is more the sum of his parts than any real game-changing tools. He's shown some ability to put the bat on the ball and hit it hard, and I was impressed with the way he handled himself on the field surrounded by older players. His all-around game screams major leaguer but without a plus tool in his arsenal, a starting shortstop position may be dreaming too high for him. He's got an outside shot, with solid average tools across the board (besides power), but most likely he'll carve out a nice career as a utility guy playing both shortstop and 2nd base. It's not a sexy outlook, but it's one that can provide good value to a team.

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