Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
By Josh Boyd
1. Luis Terrero, of
Age: 21. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 183. Dominican Republic, 1997. Signed by: Junior Noboa.
Background: Terrero is one of Latin American coordinator Junior Noboas prized finds from the Dominican Republic. His development hasnt been without obstacles, but his tools are reminiscent of Vladimir Guerreros. After getting off to a miserable start at low Class A South Bend last season, he went on the disabled list with a high left ankle sprain. He later found out it was a stress fracture and missed six weeks. Injuries are nothing new, as he missed six weeks with a broken right hamate bone in 2000. Terrero finally got on track and hit .349 between high Class A Lancaster and Double-A El Paso.
Strengths: Scouts love players with Terreros loose and easy actions, and his frame can handle more muscle as he fills out. His wiry strength and above-average bat speed give him power potential to all fields. He has the wheels to steal 30 bases a year if he doesnt bulk up too much. Despite his apparent lack of strike-zone judgment, hes under control and has good balance at the plate. Hes an outstanding center fielder with the range to run down balls in the alleys and a plus arm capable of handling right field. The Diamondbacks say something clicked for Terrero at the end of the year, and his aptitude and work ethic will help him make adjustments.
Weaknesses: Terrero will struggle to get the most out of his five-tool potential until he takes a more disciplined approach. His poor strikeout-walk ratio illustrates how aggressive he is at the plate. Terrero likes to hack at the first close pitch he sees. He has enough strength and bat speed to make up for his long swing, but he has to shorten up with two strikes. He struggles with pitch recognition.
The Future: Noboa was encouraged with Terreros progress in the Dominican League, but he again was shelved after tearing cartilage in his left knee. Hes still on schedule to play in Triple-A Tucson in 2002, and hell provide insurance for Steve Finley. Terrero made up a lot of ground in a short time, but he needs to shake the injury bug and make key adjustments before comparisons to Guerrero become apt. A healthy year in Triple-A could make him Finleys successor in 2003.
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