Phillies Sign International Prospect…No Really, They Did This Time
While the deal with the Cuban pitcher is still up in the air, the Phillies did sign a top Dominican prospect named Luis Encarnacion. He is only 16 but apparently is one heck of a power hitter. Here is a scouting report from MLB.com:
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/5 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 3/4 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 4/5
Arguably the best right-handed hitter on the market, Encarnacion has tons of raw power, a short stroke and good balance at the plate.
He’s known for spraying line drives all over the field, but he also has home run power, especially to his pull side. Encarnacion has impressed scouts with his ability to square the ball up and make hard contact every time he gets into the batter’s box. However, some wonder if the teen has a true position on defense. For now, Encarnacion is at third base, but that could change in the future.
A regular in the International Prospect League, Encarnacion was a standout at the MLB International Showcase in January, notching four hits in seven at-bats. One of the youngest players on the market, Encarnacion won’t be able to sign until he turns 16 on Aug. 9. Scouts like his makeup, aggressive nature and approach to the game.