Prospect Profile: Ronny Rojas – INF


The Yankees signed infielder Ronny Rojas in September 2017 after he turned 16 years old, giving him a signing bonus of $1 million.  Going into the 2017-2018 international free agent signing period, Rojas was ranked by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline as the 11th best prospect in the class.

2018

Rojas made his professional debut in 2018 in the Dominican Summer League.  The switch-hitter moved around the infield, seeing time at second base, third base, and shortstop in 2018 but spent most of his time at the hot corner.  At the plate, he hit just .169/.342/.350 with eight doubles, five triples, and five home runs.  He also drove in 21 runs and walked 45 times in 53 games.

Scouting Report

Ronny Rojas was one of the youngest players in the 2017 international free agent class.  He is only 5’11” 170 pounds right now but will put on some weight as he grows into his body.

MLB Pipeline named Rojas as one of the best hitters in the 2017 class, highlighting his quick hands and solid approach from both sides of the plate.

They went on to say “Scouts think he has a chance to hit for average and they love that he makes hard contact from both sides. In games, Rojas has displayed gap-to-gap power, and there’s a chance he could hit home runs in the future.”

At the time of signing, he is considered an average defender but is still improving that part of his game.  While he won’t light up the base paths his speed does qualify as above-average and has an average throwing arm according to scouts.

2019 Outlook

After making his professional debut in 2018 and moving positions, Rojas will likely head to extended spring training to open his 2019 season.  After that, he will likely remain in Tampa and play for one of the Yankees Gulf Coast League teams.



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