2013 State Draft Report: Caribbean

It’s going to be hard to follow last year in Puerto Rico, when shortstop Carlos Correa was the No. 1 overall pick to the Astros. But even by more modest recent standards, it’s a down year on the island.

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states

Puerto Rico’s biggest scouting event is the Excellence Tournament, an all-star showcase of sorts for the best high school players that’s held about a month before the draft. Last year scouting directors and other executives swarmed the tournament, not only because of Correa but due to a depth of premium talent. There may have been a couple of scouting directors there for the workout day this year, but none stayed for the tournament, according to one scout. While there are players on the island with intriguing tools, the class lacks depth and impact.

This region also includes the Virgin Islands, but no prospects from that area are expected to be drafted this year.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports

1. Jan Hernandez, 3B, Beltran Academy, Florida, P.R. (National Rank: 132)
2. Johneshwy Fargas, of, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. (National Rank: 171)
3. Edwin Diaz, 2B, Martine HS, Vega Alta, P.R. (National Rank: 274)
4. Xavier Fernandez, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. (National Rank: 437)
5. Nelson Molina, SS, Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R. (National Rank: 442)
6. Joseph Monge, OF, Beltran Academy, Florida, P.R. (National Rank: 451)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

7. Christian Flecha, LHP, Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy
8. Jonathan Bermudez, LHP, Jose Felipe Zayas HS, Coamo, P.R.
9. Jacob Cordero, OF/SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
10. Frankie Rodriguez, C, Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R.
11. Joe Jimenez, RHP, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
12. Ricardo Bautista, OF, Beltran Academy, Florida, P.R.
13. Sammy David, C, Adela Brenes Texidor HS, Guayama, P.R.
14. Alexander Rivera, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
15. Rene Melendez, C, Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy
16. Milton Miranda, C, Beltran Academy, Florida, P.R.
17. Roy Morales, RHP, Pro Baseball Academy, Cayey, P.R.
18. Juan Soriano, OF, Pro Baseball Academy, Cayey, P.R.