SANTIAGO, D.R.–Licey outfielder (and Diamondbacks utilityman) Emilio Bonifacio has been setting the tone for the offense all winter while learning how to play the outfield–something scouts–and manager Hector De La Cruz wholeheartedly agree on.
"He could play second, he could play short, he could play left and he could play center," De La Cruz said. "He’s what makes us go."
Bonifacio showed he was the catalyst during Saturday night’s 6-4 win against Venezuela, swiping two bags each time he got on base and scoring the winning run in the fifth.
"He has speed, he gets on base and he’s proven that with Arizona," a scout from an American League club said. "He can also play the outfield–he’s proven that in the Dominican. He’s a super utility player. He’s a little like (Jose) Reyes . . . he’s got a deep zone, sometimes he gets in the tendency–especially lefthanded to start jumping at ball a little bit. The one good thing is that he doesn’t try to play a power game or anything like that. He’ll stay within himself, use his hands and he can run. He knows what his game is.
"The other guy is (Carlos) Marmol here at the end. Sometimes because he has trouble with body control, he’ll struggle with his command. But he’ll show you a plus slider–92-94 (mph) sinker/slider. If he controls it and gets some consistency to his delivery, he’s a pretty good set-up man or closer in the big leagues."