This was supposed to go up yesterday and…well, I ran out of time. I’ve had a strangely busy week and I’ve sadly gotten behind on work. Therefore, you get two prospects today instead of one.
The first one we’ll mention here is Gabriel Lino, a catcher who will likely be starting this season in Delmarva. There’s not much information out there on the kid – he spent 2011 in the GCL. Lino was born in 1993 – the same year my kid brother was born – which makes me feel old, but he’s got a good build for a teenager and it’ll surely improve as he grows more. Baseball America says he “shows a promising ability to work with pitchers,” which warms my battery-loving heart.
Right now, the big issue is his defense; BA reports that he is “unrefined” and made five errors and four passed balls in twenty-six games in 2011. He also threw out 28% of base-stealers, which isn’t a bad percentage, but when you’ve got Matt Wieters as your MLB-level catcher you tend to become spoiled.
As a hitter, he’s pretty solid, and he’ll only get better as he grows and adds more strength and experience. Since he’s a catcher, don’t expect him to run, but you can expect him to hit, at the very least. Keep an eye out for him in Delmarva this year and see how he does!