Born: December 2, 1990
Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-3 (the original 6-5 was inaccurate)
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International Free Agent (July 2007)
High School: Dominican Baseball Academy
Scouting Report: A tall, lanky shortstop - Almanzar is extremely athletic, but also extremely raw. He's very thin now, but his frame looks like it has room to add a lot of muscle and strength. He signed at the age of 16 and hadn't played much organized ball prior to his signing, despite that he's the son of former MLB pitcher Carlos Almanzar. Offensively, Almanzar is mostly potential at this point. His stance and swing are closer to little-league than big league. He fidgets a lot in the box, has an open stance that tightens up a lot after a huge timing step. Regardless, he generates a lot of bat speed and has plus plus power potential. Almanzar is also a work-in-progress defensively. Not a great fielder at 3B yet, despite that he spent much of his (albeit limited) time before signing at SS. His arm is strong but erratic. Basically, he's the ultimate raw toolsly player, and the Red Sox apparently hope to turn him into a star from the ground up.
Originally Signed: July 2, 2007 by Pablo Lanigua
Signing Bonus: $1,500,000
MiLB Debut: -
MLFA Eligible: 2013-2014
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: 2012-2013
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
2008 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All Star - 3B
Edited by TheGoldenGreek33, 31 March 2008 - 11:01 PM.