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Mid-Season Dirty Thirty-Five: Prospect #13

Since this is the mid-season write-up, it's just a quick overview of the player. When we get to the preseason re ranking in the offseason, they'll be a lot more involved.

Stats are current as of 8/4/2019.

All write-ups were published during all-star week.

Prospect #13: UTIL Edmundo Sosa

Memphis Redbirds

Signed as an International Free Agent in 1884 (July of 2012)

Age 23

So, here is Edmundo Sosa dancing. The 40-grade hip sway is a little alarming, but he's got the energy:

Anyway, during this valley-filled minor league season within the Cardinals organization, Edmundo Sosa remains a vital resource for evaluating. That's to say, he is what he is, and I am so grateful for that.

Sosa is a .260 hitter. He's probably always going to be a hitter that hits between .235 and .265. He's probably not going to get on base much. Unless things get weird, you can count on an OBP ceiling of right around .315. Even better, he's going to do this while supplying surprise slugging. He svelte but strong and quick with his hands, and he's probably going to supply a slugging percentage in the .380 to .420 range, depending on how he's deployed. Even better, most of that slugging is going to happen when he's being attacked lower in the zone. An impressive aspect to his power is that a lot of it ends up towards the opposite field:

Sosa is quick enough to to turn a single into a double, and he has good instincts on the base-paths. On top of that, he's a reliable defender at three infield spots: third, short, and second. He can be flashy, and he has an arm to complete the flashy play.

And that, my friends, is the beauty of Edmundo Sosa, and why he is occupying the 14th spot on our countdown. He's a rare known commodity. You'll be able to bank on him being a taxi-squad-type utility infielder for a couple of years. He's not going to do too much. He doesn't have the offensive capabilities of Yairo Munoz or Tommy Edman. He doesn't even have the offensive upside of Prospect #22 Ramon Urias. But what he does have is a more defined skill-set, and that's so valuable.

Sosa has more pop that Greg Garcia, without the selective approach that Garcia showed. For someone like me, someone that has to try to evaluate roughly 250 players within the organization, Edmundo Sosa is a jackpot of reliability.

Thanks to Fangraph for the stats!

Thanks For Reading!!


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