Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2006)
Scouting Report: Five-tool left-handed hitter with excellent power potential. Strong arm and good range in centerfield. Highly touted signing out of the Dominican Republic, signed for $575,000. Hustles at every step . Very projectable as a power hitter once he grows into his body.
Sox Prospects Page
-Sox Director Of International Scouting, Craig Shipley commented: "Engel [Angel] is a kid who plays with a ton of energy, which we like and think is necessary to play center. He has an above-average arm now and projectable power."
-A major league scouting director is quoted in Baseball America: "Beltre to me is a young (Barry) Bonds--all five tools. He can do it all. He's going to be terrifying when he fills into that body."
-Ranked second on ESPN's ranking of the newly available Latin American prospects in 2006.
- He will begin playing in 2007, likely in extended spring training
-Lived in the USA in 2003, attending DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx before returning to his native Dominican Republic. He supposedly manages with his english.
Translated From This July 2nd AP Article
Spanish Angle Beltre Article
Young Angel Beltre made the jump to professional baseball with the hopes of being the next David Ortiz, or following in the footsteps of Ken Griffey Jr.
And it is with the Boston Red Sox that he signed for $600,000, Sunday. The largest contract ever given out by Boston in the Dominican.
According to one executive of the Red Sox, Beltre is a five-tool player...
"This is a kid who has all the qualities you want in a prospect, and it is the most important signing we have made in this country." (whither Luis Soto?) said the coordinator of international scouting, John Dipuglia.
Beltre is 16 and a half years old, and is one of four brothers, each one a faithful fanatic of the Red Sox.
"David Ortiz is my favorite player and I am thankful to the Red Sox for the opportunity they have given me," said Beltre minutes after putting his signature on the lucrative contract.
Beltre is a centerfielder with an above average arm, plays good defense, and combines hitting for a high average, with power potential.
Beltre has played baseball for 7 years and one of his instructors describes him as a complete player.
"This boy has all the chance to develop into a future star. He is a hard worker and he will be able to flourish if he stays that way," said Santiago Jimenez, a manager on one of the teams in one of the smaller Dominican leagues.
Beltre will be assigned to the minor leagues. But he will begin this year in the Red Sox Dominican complex, and next year he will play in the Dominican Summer League.
Edit: Fixed URL
Edited by hawaiirsn, 23 December 2006 - 05:43 PM.