- Full name Luis Loenardo Sumoza
- Born 07/15/1988 in Maracay, Venezuela
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
The Braves believe they received considerably more than the usual return in a late-season trade that sent Mark Kotsay to the Red Sox. Atlanta had little use for Kotsay in September and received a young, toolsy outfielder whom it had scouted extensively in the past. Sumoza has a good feel for his swing and decent bat speed. His power currently rates as fringe-average, particularly for a corner outfielder, but he makes hard contact when he connects. He could produce more pop down the road if he can cut down on his strikeouts. He showed flashes in the Boston system, leading the Gulf Coast League with 24 extra-base hits in 2007. Sumoza had good all-around skills and has a chance to be a plus defender. Though he's a below-average runner, he's athletic, moves well in the outfield and has a strong arm with good carry. Most scouts project Sumoza as a decent regular or fourth outfielder at the major league level. After playing mostly left field for the Red Sox, he'll be the starting right fielder in Rome this season.