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