Scouts who liked Dorssys Paulino as an amateur last year in the Dominican Republic said he was one of the more advanced hitters in the country. Yet even his most ardent supporters didn't expect him to hit this well right away.
Paulino, a 17-year-old Indians shortstop signed last year on July 2 for $1.1 million, skipped the Dominican Summer League to make his debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Paulino had four more hits yesterday for the AZL Indians, raising his slash line to .359/.417/.602 through 24 games with a 1.019 OPS that ranks eighth in the league.
Paulino may eventually end up at either third base or second base, but his calling card is his bat, and it has his prospect stock soaring right now.