Top 30 In 30: #30 Abraham Almonte

Baseball America Prospect Handbook in hand, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the Yankees top 30 prospects over the next 30 days, give a brief look at them, and make it relevant to the Thunder if it isn’t already.  Simple enough, yes?

Drumroll please…

#30 Abraham Almonte
Position: OF
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 205 lbs.
Age At Start of 2009 Season: 19

Career statistics: 227 GP, .246 avg., 19 HR, 88 RBI, 73 SB
Seasons: 3
Highest Level Reached: Low A 

Almonte had an up-and-down year in his second season playing in North America after spending 2006 playing for the Yankees Dominican Summer League team after signing as 16-year-old.  He hit just .228 with eight home runs and 46 RBI over a full season for the Charleston River Dogs in 2008, with a strong first half earning him a berth in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Almonte has below average power, but above average speed.  He’ll need to improve his ability to get on his base to eventually be considered a big league option…seems to me he profiles similarly to Brett Gardner or Justin Christian, but doesn’t get on base anywhere near as much as they can just yet.

Thunder ETA: 2010-2011

Seems like Almonte will be heading back to Charleston for 2009, and he may stay there for a while considering he’s just 19.  Considering he hasn’t even reached High-A Tampa yet, it seems highly unlikely you’ll see him at Waterfront Park until 2010 at the very earliest.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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One Response to “Top 30 In 30: #30 Abraham Almonte”

  1. mlb1996 Says:

    I think Almonte has better tools across the board than Gardner. Almonte’s arm and power is better. Though Gardner looks to be the safer projection.

    It’s an important year for Almonte. If he has another sub-par season, then he goes from prospect to suspect.

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