The Dominican Republic is stacked with incredible baseball talent. Some of the Dominican Republic’s best players are former Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. Most of the Dominicans that are in the MLB were born on the island. The Dominican Republic continues to bring in some of the most talented baseball players in the world. In the Future’s Game, the World Team brings in tons of Dominicans. Here are the ten best Dominicans that are in the Minor Leagues.
SS Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario is the best MiLB prospect from the tiny country of the Dominican Republic. He is ranked the 5th best prospect in the minors and the top New York Mets prospect. In 2012, Amed Rosario signed $1.75 million signing bonus. Amed is an incredible talent that is raved about by many Major-League scouts. Rosario is known for the specular glove and for putting the ball in play. In 2016, Amed Rosario batted .324 with 13 triples, 71 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. At the age of 21, Amed Rosario might get the call up from the minor leagues but there is one problem and that is Jose Reyes. Jose Reyes is a former All-Star shortstop who has played in the MLB for many years. Reyes is getting close to the end of his baseball career and the Mets should starting looking towards the future and that’s Rosario at SS.
OF Victor Robles
Victor Robles is the first outfielder to be in the Top 10 Dominican Republic prospects list. The 6’0” 180-pound outfielder signed with the Washington Nationals out of the Dominican Republic for only $225,000. The Nationals spent those $225,000 very wisely as they young prospect has shined. Victor Robles is the 7th best prospect in the MiLB and the Washington Nationals’ top prospect. In 2016, Robles batted .280 with 118 hits, 17 doubles and 37 stolen bases. The 19-year-old Dominican is a five-tool player with great work ethic and leadership. His power is just starting to show but his bat, speed and glove will make him successful in the future. Victor Robles is projected to make it to the MLB in 2018.
OF Eloy Jimenez
Even though he’s not the highest rated prospect, Eloy Jimenez might end up being the best Dominican prospect in the minors. Eloy Jimenez signed with the Chicago Cubs for $2.8 million as the highest rated international player in 2013. Eloy Jimenez made his mark in the All-Star Futures Game with his stellar defensive plays and great offensive performance. He was the Midwest League MVP at the age of 19. In that season, Eloy batted .329 with 40 doubles, 14 home runs and .532 slugging percentage. The 20-year-old Dominican has drawn comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton with his impressive bat speed. Doesn’t need to swing for the fences to hit a home run. Chicago Cubs top prospect and the 13th ranked prospect in the minors. Eloy is projected to make it to the MLB in 2019.
3B Rafael Devers
The third baseman out of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Devers, was considered one of the best left-handed hitter in the international pool. The Boston Red Sox signed the 19-year-old Dominican for $1.5 million. Now at 20, Devers is playing with the Salem Red Sox. In Class A Advance, Devers hit .282 with 32 doubles, 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases. Rafael is a hit-first third baseman who has started to develop a pretty decent glove at the hot corner. Rafael Devers has impressive bat speed, strength and the ability to drive the ball all over the field. When he was just coming to America, many scouts believed he would move to first but that’s not the case anymore. Rafael Devers has improved at third and looks like he will stay at third base for the time being. He is the 17th best prospect in the minors.
SS Willy Adames
When the Detroit Tigers signed Willy Adames out of the Dominican Republic, they didn’t see a superstar in the making. The Detroit Tigers would trade Willy to the Tampa Bay as part of the David Price trade. After the Price trade, Willy Adames has made himself into one of the best shortstops in the MiLB. In 2016, Adames batted .274 with 31 doubles, 11 home runs and walked 74 times. He was also a Southern League All-Star and All-Star Futures Game participant. Willy Adames was also a pretty solid hitter but didn’t have the type of power he has now. Adames does a great job of consistently making solid contact and driving the ball through the entire field. He is an above-average glove with a solid arm good enough for the Majors. Willy Adames is the 21st ranked prospect in the MiLB.
OF Manuel Margot
Dominican outfielder, Manuel Margot, arrived to the United States as one of the best athletes in the 2011 international class. Manuel Margot signed an $800,000 deal with the Boston Red Sox. Margot quickly made a name for himself in the minors and started to get fan’s attention. Manuel Margot would be traded by the Boston Red Sox to the San Diego Padres as part of the deal for CP Craig Kimbrel. In 2016, Manuel Margot batted .304 with 21 doubles, 12 triples and a .426 slugging percentage. Margot has already gotten to call up to the Major League. In 10 games, Margot batted .243 with four doubles, a triple and two stolen bags. Speed is what Manuel does best. He is a very good runner who hits for contact. Not much of a power hitter but doesn’t need it with his speed. Possibly Padres centerfielder in 2017.
C Francisco Mejia
Many baseball fans recognize this name but maybe forgot why Francisco Mejia rings a bell. Francisco Mejia is the Cleveland Indians’ prospect that had a 50-game hitting streak. The Cleveland Indians signed Francisco Mejia out of the Dominican Republic back in 2012. Mostly known for his defense, Francisco Mejia broke out at the plate in the 2016. He batted a .342 batting average with 29 doubles, 11 home runs and 80 RBIs. Mejia had such a great 2016 season that he started for the World team in 2016 All-Star Futures Game. He would also finish sixth in the minors for batting average. Mejia is the 2nd best catcher in the MiLB.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez
Reynaldo Lopez is the first pitcher to crack to Dominican top 10 list. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher signed with the Washington Nationals for only $17,000 out of the DR in 2012. Reynaldo Lopez was traded to the Chicago White Sox with Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning for Adam Eaton. The 6’0” 185 right handed pitcher has pitched in the Majors already. He had a 5-3 record with 4.91 ERA with 42 K’s in 44 innings. Reynaldo Lopez’s best pitch is a fastball that can touch 100 mph but sits at 96 mph. Throws a good curveball and changeup with good command but overthrows his pitches at times. Reynaldo Lopez can be a frontline starter for the White Sox if he doesn’t overthrow and get more movement on his fastball.
SS/2B Jorge Mateo
Jorge Mateo is the 47th ranked prospect in the MiLB and fifth best prospect in the New York Yankees’ farm system. He is also the 8th best shortstop in the MiLB. Jorge Mateo signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent in January 2012, receiving a $250,000 signing bonus. When you watch Jorge Mateo, his speed is the first thing that jumps at you. The man can flat out fly around the bases. In 2015, Mateo stole 82 bases but his numbers dipped in 2016 as he only stole 36 bags. The 20-year-old Dominican is still a good hitter. Scouts seem him as a .275 hitter with 15 homers. Above-average fielder who will move to second base with Gleyber Torres at shortstop.
OF Leody Taveras
We round off the Top 10 Dominican Republic prospect with the youngest one of them all, Leody Taveras. Just an 18-year-old kid who has torn it up in the minor leagues. Leody Taveras was one of the best prospects coming out of the 2015-2016 season. Leody Taveras signed with the Texas Rangers for $2.1 million. He is a five-tool centerfielder who can be the franchise player the Texas Rangers would love to have. He’s a switch hitter who doesn’t have many weaknesses on either side. His specialty is his speed. Smart baserunner and somebody who can worry teams when he is hitting on the left side. In 2016, Leody batted .276 with six triples, 18 stolen bases and a .324 on base percentage. He is the Texas Rangers’ highest ranked prospect.