With the international signing period opening on July 2, the Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to spend big money on prospects in order to replenish their farm system.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Dodgers have inked a Dominican outfielder ranked in the top-10:
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 2, 2015
The 16-year-old has demonstrated a strong baseball IQ and savvy that has drawn comparisons to the Dodgers very own, Yasiel Puig.
The six-foot, 215-pound outfielder has thrived in the Dominican Prospect League, where he has displayed a smart set of tools. The “Pit Bull” shows a thriving offensive potential with phenomenal arm strength, power, and speed that have surprised many for his size.
The Dominican Republic native has been mentored under Franklin Ferreras, a well-known Dominican coach who takes young prospects under his wing, with his Franklin Ferreras Baseball Academy. With all his tools on the offensive side of the plate, Heredia has conveyed that he is the most comfortable when playing in right field.
Heredia’s big frame and baseball assets show a potential to adapt to the toll the Major Leagues have on a player, thus showing why the Dodgers are offering an ample amount of money on someone who is only 16 years old.
With Heredia’s big frame, his swinging stance has drawn comparisons to a former Dodger, Manny Ramirez. Hard leg kicks, with pressure on his stiff back foot and quick bat speed, have scouts stating it emulates that of Ramirez. His running style is a bit unorthodox, with short quick hand motions, but he surprised the scouts that have been following him with some of his clocked sprints and running exerts.
The Dodgers clearly aren’t holding anything back with this year’s international class and they will continue to do so in order to supply a strong farm system for the future of the Dodgers.