Pablo Olivares was signed by the New York York Yankees as part of their 2014 international signing class out of Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela. The outfielder was given a $400,000 signing bonus.
The Yankees assigned Olivares to the Yankees 1 team in the Dominican Summer League where he played 32 games producing a .267/.370/.359 slash line. He collected four doubles and four triples while driving in 22 runs. He stole seven bases in 11 attempts. He played mostly center field (21 games) while playing one game in right field and five games in left.
Olivares was bumped up to the Gulf Coast League Yankees West team where he played in 47 games. He put up a solid .285/.378/.322 slash line. He smacked 13 doubles, two triples and 20 runs batted in. He stole seven bases in nine attempts. He split time almost evenly between center field (22 games) and left field (17 games). He did appear in seven games in right.
The Yankees pushed Olivares up to Rookie-level Pulaski of the Appalachian League to start 2017. With the P-Yanks, he got off to a hot start with a .363/.495/.488 slash line in 23 games. He also collected his first career home run with five doubles and one triple. He earned Appalachian League player of the week honors for the week of July 2. In all 20 games he appeared in the field, he patrolled center field.
Those numbers earned Olivares a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs of the low-Class A South Atlantic League. In 36 games with the Dogs, he struggled to a .160/.233/.210 slash line. He did pick up his second career home run along with three doubles. He picked up 40 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. He appeared in 16 games in center field, 14 games in left and five games in right.
Olivares is a pure contact hitter from the right side of the plate who won’t produce much regarding power numbers. He does have speed and is still learning how to use it. Defensively, Olivares, an excellent outfielder with good range a good throwing arm. Although he struggled getting bumped up to Charleston, Olivares is still very young and will be 20 years old during the 2018 season. He does have room to put on some strength but is cut out to be a contact hitter.
Olivares will most likely start the season with the Charleston RiverDogs. It’s likely that he will spend the season with Charleston while he continues to develop and grow.
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