Player: Estevan Florial
Age: 19, November 25, 1997
Affiliate: Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A)
Role: Above average everyday player on a championship caliber club
Risk Factor: High
MLB ETA: 2021
Off the charts. His manager Pat Osborn echoed the sentiments of several sources when he said, “Not only is he a tremendous player, he’s a tremendous person…if you could build a baseball player it would look like Florial, if you could build a person it would look like him as well”. I was told that he bought a car in extended spring training so that he could show up early to the yard and stay late, and that he also cooks for all his teammates as well. Osborn continued to describe Florial by having three tremendous traits, “poise, respect and humility”.
Hit – Swing contains plus bat speed. When asked about the strikeouts and what improvements are needed for Florial to advance to the next level, RiverDogs manager Pat Osborn said, “It’s just part of his development, learning how to cut back on strikeouts, what pitches to not swing at, and what pitches he can handle. Getting a better grasp of a two-strike approach… When he does hit the ball, he impacts it and does damage”. I couldn’t agree more with that statement.
Power – I see him having plus power in the future. His swing possesses a high leg kick that will assist in this category. Even though he has been pull side dominant thus far in his career, his strength actually comes into play when he goes to left-center field.
Speed/Baserunning – Florial is a plus runner. I would give him at least a 70 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Glove – Will stick in center field. Has a great first step and plus reactions. Backs up every pitch and is moving on every ball in play.
Arm – Possesses tremendous (plus) arm strength. Throws the ball on a line, with plenty of zip on it.
I think Florial is somehow still the most underrated player in the Yankees system, and possibly in all of Minor League Baseball. Pat Osborn (the RiverDogs manager) said, “the sky is the limit for this kid, I think the industry knows that, we certainly know that”. He has plus power, speed and arm strength which will allow him to be successful as a corner outfielder should the organization choose to move him from center. Once he cuts down on his strikeouts, beware, he will fly up prospect rankings.