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13. Nico Hoerner, SS, Mesa (Cubs No. 6)
A first-round pick (No. 24 overall) in June, Hoerner has outstanding bat-to-ball skills, sneaky power (he tied for the AFL lead with four triples) and plus speed. His average arm may land him at second base, with one scout comparing him to Ian Kinsler.
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Thunderbolt_47 wrote:Yeah, Ramos is one hell of a ghost, he managed to stay under the radar for a while because that's the first time I hear about him. Would you have a link to AZ Phil's article? I was a little bit out of the loop last spring (... until September) because I had one hell of a lot of work, and completely missed this guy.
It was in the comment section of an article, I believe in response to a question I had asked him about velocity readings, during spring training or extended spring.
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Signed out of Venezuela in 2013, Pereda spent his first four pro seasons in Rookie ball and spent the majority of his time at first base during his introduction to full-season ball in 2017. The Cubs planned on having him repeat low Class A this year, but high Class A Myrtle Beach manager Buddy Bailey lobbied not only to get Pereda but also to make him the Pelicans' regular catcher. He responded by earning Carolina League all-star honors at midseason and outperforming the two other catchers on the Mesa Solar Sox roster during Arizona Fall League play.
After totaling five homers with a .625 OPS during his first five years as a pro, Pereda smacked eight homers with a .710 OPS in 2018. He controls the strike zone better than most hitters in Chicago's system and projects to hit for a decent average with more than his share of walks. He also has the strength to provide double-digit home run totals on an annual basis.
Pereda's best pure tool is his plus arm strength, which enabled him to throw out 38 percent of basestealers this year. He needs to improve his receiving and framing skills but has made progress in both areas. He moves better than most catchers and doesn't clog up the bases.
Not a super exciting profile. His best tool is his arm and apparently scouts aren't impressed with his bat.