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Top 30 Prospects: #21 Edmundo Sosa

In collaboration with Kyle Reis and Birds On The Black, I’m proud to present you with the Cardinals Top 30 Prospects! Every other day over the next day two months, we’ll be providing you with another in-depth scouting report on one of the best 30 prospects in the organization. Today, we have #21, Edmundo Sosa

21. Edmundo Sosa -SS
Signed on July 2, 2012
Entering his age-22 season
2017 wRC+ (Palm Beach): 98

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2017 21 -1.4 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-Rk-AA STL 58 239 219 32 63 11 1 1 16 3 0 14 36 .288 .332 .361 .693 79 5 1 4 1 0
2017 21 -3.0 Springfield TL AA STL 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000 .200 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 21 -1.7 Palm Beach FLOR A+ STL 51 211 193 25 55 10 1 0 14 3 0 12 34 .285 .329 .347 .676 67 5 1 4 1 0
2017 21 1.6 Cardinals GULF Rk STL 6 23 22 7 8 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 .364 .391 .545 .937 12 0 0 0 0 0
2017 21 -1.4 Surprise AZFL Fal 17 64 59 10 18 1 1 0 7 0 1 3 12 .305 .359 .356 .715 21 0 2 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/12/2018

What I Like

Sosa’s swing looked far more balanced and powerful in the 2017 Arizona Fall League than it did in 2016 at Peoria.

In the AFL video, Sosa made a ton of contact, and most of it was solid. That’s a great sign for somebody who missed a huge portion of the 2017 season with a broken hamate bone. Not only did he make a ton of contact, the results were there as well. He slashed .305/.359/.356, which is as good as you can expect for a glove-first shortstop.

I love that Sosa bounced around during the AFL as well. He played short, second, and third to expand his versatility, something he’ll have to do with such a low offensive ceiling, at least from a power standpoint.

Defensively, he’s one of the best and most consistent shortstops in the Cardinals system, even though he doesn’t have the flashy range or a cannon for an arm. He cleanly fields the balls he gets to and gets rid of them quickly and on target. He’s a better shortstop than Aledmys Diaz or Jhonny Peralta, but the Cardinals have shown a preference for the bat at shortstop in recent years.

What  I Don’t Like

The glaring weakness in Sosa’s game is the lack of power. In five minor league seasons, Sosa hit a mere 15 homers, seven of which came at Johnson City in 2015. He skyrocketed up prospect lists after that 2015, but the power proved fleeting. He hit three homers in 2016, and just one last year, and although the broken hamate bone saps power, there wasn’t much there, to begin with.

Sosa doesn’t walk enough, either. He walked in 5.0% of his plate appearances 88 games in Peoria in 2016 and just 5.7% of his plate appearances at Palm Beach last year. If you aren’t going to hit it over the wall, you need to find as many ways on base as possible, and that’s the area of his game that has the best chance to improve going forward.

It shouldn’t be overlooked that Sosa was passed by Tommy Edman last season. When Sosa went down with injury, Edman was promoted a little too aggressively but held his own. There are several infielders ahead of Sosa in the organization, including the aforementioned Edman, Muñoz, and Schrock. Meanwhile, Delvin Perez behind him still has first-round talent that could manifest at any time.

The last thing I don’t like (or hate, actually) has nothing to do with Sosa’s performance. Fangraphs ranked Sosa as the #12 Cardinals prospect, which is just way too high for someone who has an outside chance at best of ever being a major league regular.

Thanks for reading! As always thanks to Baseball Reference and Fangraphs for their statistics databases. Be sure to check out Kyle’s post tomorrow at Birds On The Black, and check out Prospect To Be Named Later for even more minor league content.

Colin Garner
@colingarner22

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Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
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