7. Dorssys Paulino, SS
Drafted/Signed: 2011, Dominican Republic
2011 Stats: DNP
Tools Profile: He has an outstanding hit tool, but he’s probably not a shortstop long-term.
2011 in Review: Paulino was one of the top players in the Dominican, and signed in July to a $1.1 million bonus.
The Good: Paulino's bat was among the most impressive on the international market last summer. He has fantastic bat speed, an excellent feel for contact, and enough strength to project for average power once he fills out. He's an above-average runner, and his arm is plus.
The Bad: In a system filled with impressive young shortstops, Paulino is behind them defensively. He's fast but not quick, and his instincts are below average. However, he could be an above-average second baseman, and might have the bat for third base.
Cool Fact: The first internet radio broadcast, which took place at the University of North Carolina, occurred four days before Paulino was born.
Projection: He has the tools to be a star infielder.
Fantasy Impact: He's eons away from the majors, so there’s no real feel for what he is.
Path to the Big Leagues: Paulino will make his debut in the complex league this summer.
Estimated Debut: 2016
Hey... What do you fellas think about Francisco Lindor? Has the tools to become a future stud SS? Will he make it through the Indians system as The Man at that position?
I'm considering taking him #2 overall in our upcoming 20 team 40 man rosters Dynasty Keeper league draft, and just wanted to get as much info as I could. I'm in full-on totally rebuild mode, so I can wait on him playing in the majors as long as he's got the talent.
Think he's a better pick than any of those stud pitchers such as Cole, Bundy, etc among others? I assume Darvish will go #1 overall, or I'll take him. I am loaded at CF so I have no need for Cespedes.
Thanks guys, and keep up the great work. Still going strong with your excellent coverage.
@CollegeWolf This is more Mike's expertise, but I'll answer. He is really far from the Majors at this point. He is the Indians top short stop in the system, but will start the season in Rookie League as of now. With the normal Indians conservative treatment of prospects, this places him at least three years from the Majors. Also, if everything works out well and the Indians are able to sign Cabrera to a long term deal then they already have strong young players at both second and short. There have to be players much closer to the Majors to use your #2 pick on.
@burningriverbaseball Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! Wow, I had no idea he was THAT FAR from the Majors still. I guess I'll have to pass and try to figure something else out. Maybe I just take Garrit Cole....