31 Prospects in 31 Days: Pedro Florimon, #29

After this post, there will be just two prospects left to write for. And then the day after will be Opening Day. REJOICE, we’ve almost made it!

Not the best video, because the person operating the camera followed the ball instead of the batter (an amateur scouting mistake that a manga about high school baseball, of all things, taught me to correct), but you get a decent idea of Florimon’s swing from it, at least.

Florimon had a great year in 2009 – it earned him a spot on the 40-man roster. However, since then, he’s struggled, only hitting .183 in Bowie before ending up on the DL with a strained left oblique. He rehabbed in Aberdeen and then played decently at Frederick, hitting .288. He’s a switch-hitter and has gotten better at using the entire field. The problem is that he strikes out a lot because he’s so aggressive, even though he’s improved his two-strike approach as of late. He’s a decent runner, but you won’t see him stealing too many bases. His defense is getting there: he has good range and hands, but his arm is wild at times and he racks up errors (27 in 103 games at shortstop in 2010). He’ll try Bowie again in 2011, but it remains to be seen whether he can compete with AA pitching or above – so far he hasn’t done so, which is holding him back from advancing further  through the system.

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