The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with the only teenager to make our list, so don't make us look stupid, kid.
Position: SS Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 160 lbs.
Age: 18 Born: 3/3/94
2012 Season Stats
AZL: 212 PA, .262 AVG, .314 OBP, .365 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 24 SO, 5 SB, 5 CS, .290 BABIP
Rookie: 20 PA, .300 AVG, .348 OBP, .450 SLG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 SO, 1 SB, 0 CS, .357 BABIP
Contact – B. As we haven’t seen him personally but are relying on personal reports from Angels scouts and numbers, Rondon hasn’t displayed any troubles whatsoever making contact in Rookie Ball.
Power – B. This is where Rondon becomes particularly interesting. He’s only hit one HR professionally so far, but every report indicates that Rondon has very real power and will hit for power in the near future. His frame (6’1 and 170+) suggests that these reports may be accurate. There has even been one well placed account that says the 18 year old is still growing. Picture that, a tall, athletic power hitting shortstop.
Discipline – B. Last season he posted more BB than K’s as a 17-year old in a pitcher friendly league. This season, he maintained a strong walk rate and a good eye at the plate, but was also fooled more often. Still, at such a young age he’s shown he’s not in over his head.
Speed – B. Rondon can run. He isn’t going to be a barnburner like Trout or Bourjos, but he reportedly has the type of speed to swipe 20 bases over a full season.
Arm – B. Rondon reportedly has the arm and range to play both shortstop or third base. The Angels appear to be set on giving him the chance at climbing the ladder at shortstop, but there’s some speculation that he will switch to third base at the higher levels. However, he’s only 18 and is a long way away from the high minors and has the physical tools for shortstop.
Performance – B. Not many 18-year old Venezuelans can come to the U.S. and hold their own after only one season at the Dominican Academy. Regardless of the numbers, you have to figure 2012 was a huge success for Rondon.
Projection – A. Jose figures to log more time in Orem in 2013, but the Angels may get aggressive and give him a shot at A-Ball. Still, Jose projects into being an offensive minded shortstop. Scouts and bloggers alike have reported exactly what I’ve hear about Rondon so far. That his “make up” is sky high. Rondon appears to be a mature, hardworking, physically gifted youngster that could be a good major league shortstop. However, we must stress patience here. He’s going to be 19 next season, and there’s a lot that can happen before he reaches the majors.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date – 2017.
(*As always, the above scouting report is provided by Scotty Allen of LA Angels Insider)