Analyzing the Phillies' Latin prospects

Single-A Clearwater Threshers' catcher Sebastian Valle, 20, is from Los Mochis, Mexico.
Single-A Clearwater Threshers' catcher Sebastian Valle, 20, is from Los Mochis, Mexico.
Posted: May 04, 2011

Sal Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting supervisor, remains bullish about the future for the top Latin prospects in the system. Here's what he and Chuck LaMar, assistant general manager, scouting and player development, had to say about many of them:

SEBASTIAN VALLE

Position: Catcher

Age: 20

Height, weight: 6-1, 190

Bats: Right Throws: Right

Born: Los Mochis, San Aloa, Mexico

Currently: At Clearwater, Class A Florida State League

LaMar: "Over the last year, he has continued to improve in all phases. He's always had raw power, but he's concentrating on working on becoming a better hitter. And he's taking more pride in becoming better defensively, too. Right now, he's our top catching prospect."

Agostinelli: "I think Valle is going to be an everyday player in the big leagues. He's got some power. He needs to polish up his defensive skills. He needs to shorten up on his swing. But he's a premium position guy who's got some power. He's going to be someone everyone has interest in."

LEANDRO CASTRO

Position: Outfielder

Age: 21

Height, weight: 5-11, 175

Bats: Right Throws: Right

Born: La Romana, Dominican Republic

Currently: At Clearwater, Class A Florida State League

LaMar: "He just hits everywhere he goes. He's extremely aggressive and loves to play the game. He has average footspeed and there may be players who are more talented in some areas. But the key is that he hits and he's one of those guys who will keep moving forward as long as he does at home plate."

CESAR HERNANDEZ

Position: Second base

Age: 20

Height, weight: 5-10, 160

Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Born: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Currently: At Clearwater, Class A Florida State League

LaMar: "We protected him on the 40-man roster out of rookie ball, and that doesn't happen very often. He can run and his best tool is his bat. He skipped [Class A Lakewood and went to Clearwater] and we've seen enough to think he can make the adjustment even though he's out right now with a pulled groin."

Agostinelli: "This is a guy I really like even though he's struggling right now. He's been hurt. But he can really run and he's got a good bat. I just think he needs to mature a little bit. Last year in the New York-Penn League, he hit .325, he stole [32] bases. I really like him. He's a good athlete."

HAROLD GARCIA

Position: Second base

Age: 24

Height, weight: 5-11, 190

Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Born: Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

Currently: On disabled list at Reading, Double A Eastern League

LaMar: "He just got hurt [torn ACL] but he has as good a work ethic as anyone and we expect him to be ready to go next year. You want to see him as a heck of an all-purpose player at the major league level, but with his makeup and desire to succeed you can't rule him out as an everyday player someday."

Agostinelli: "Garcia to me has a chance to be an everyday player. He can run. He can hit a little bit."

FREDDY GALVIS

Position: Shortstop

Age: 21

Height, weight: 5-10, 170

Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Born: Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela

Currently: At Reading, Double A Eastern League

LaMar: "He has to be one of the two most improved players in our minor league system from last year to now along with [righthander] Phillippe Aumont. He worked on his strength this offseason and he showed up this spring stronger and quicker both defensively and at the plate. He continues to make all the plays at shortstop and I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a call to [Triple A] Lehigh Valley before the year is over."

Agostinelli: "I think he's going to be a 'Steady Eddie' shortstop. He could wind up being a utility guy, but I definitely think he's going to play in the big leagues. I think you see his defensive skills. And he's gotten stronger. He seems to be getting there with the bat, which is where he's struggled in the past."

DOMINGO SANTANA

Position: Outfielder

Age: 18

Height, weight: 6-5, 200

Bats: Right Throws: Right

Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Currently: At Lakewood, Class A South Atlantic League

Agostinelli: "He's one of those high-ceiling guys. He's got tools across the board. Tools out the ears. He's got a plus arm, plus speed and plus-plus power. He's a special type of athlete who played almost a full season in the Gulf Coast [Rookie] League when he was just 16 years old."

- Paul Hagen

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