- Full name Gabriel Eloy Lino
- Born 05/17/1993 in Maracay, Venezuela
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Calvin Maduro, who was signed out of Aruba by the Orioles in 1991 and pitched in the big leagues with them and the Phillies, has gone from playing to scouting for the organization in the Caribbean. His first significant prospect could be Lino, who impressed observers with his skills behind the plate during his U.S. debut in 2011. He's solidly built for a teenager and has a well above-average arm. He also shows a promising ability to work with pitchers. He's still unrefined defensively, committing five errors and four passed balls in just 26 games last year while throwing out 28 percent of basestealers. But the raw material is there. As a hitter, Lino offers promising power potential and a nice approach for a teenager. He has the demonstrated the ability to make two-strike adjustments and to take the ball the other way, as well as laying off pitchers' pitches. Like most catchers he won't offer much in the way of speed, especially once he fills out his 6-foot-3 frame. Lino will get a chance to prove himself in full-season ball this year, advancing to low Class A.