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?
#30 Abraham Almonte
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
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