- Full name Jefferson Rojas
- Born 04/25/2005 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 150 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
BA Grade: 55/Extreme
Track Record: Rojas put together a consistent track record of hitting throughout his amateur career in the Dominican Republic. He solidified himself as one of the top hitters in the 2021 international class and signed with the Cubs for $1 million on the first day the signing period opened. Rojas made his U.S. debut in 2023 and generated major buzz when he homered off veteran Zach Davies during a rehab start in extended spring training. He played only one game in the Arizona Complex League before the Cubs promoted him to Low-A Myrtle Beach, where took over as the Pelicans’ starting shortstop and No. 3 hitter as an 18-year-old.
Scouting Report: Rojas is advanced beyond his years as a hitter. He has a fast, compact righthanded swing that is direct to the ball and makes loud contact off the barrel. He has few holes for pitchers to exploit and controls the strike zone with a mature, consistent approach. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has above-average raw power that could get better as he gets stronger. He’s an average runner who makes tight turns on the bases and is an efficient basestealer. Rojas is a steady, smart defender at shortstop with good instincts and quick reactions. He isn’t overly rangy, but he positions himself well and makes all the routine plays. He has an above-average, accurate arm and projects to stick at the position as an average defender.
The Future: Rojas was one of the most productive 18-year-old hitters in full-season ball in 2023. His numbers look even better in the context of the pitcher-friendly Carolina League and with half his games played at Myrtle Beach, a pitcher’s park. Rojas is trending up and is a candidate to take another jump in 2024. He projects to be a bat-first shortstop who could be an all-around contributor.
Scouting Grades Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Field: 50 | Arm: 55