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#1 jscola85

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:57 AM

Full Name: Manuel Margot
Born: 9/28/1994 (17 years old)
Birthplace: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Bats: R
Throws: R

Like Raymel Flores, this guy seems to be the other bonus baby on the 2012 DSL team for the Sox, getting $800k from the team last year. At least, I think he did, but the news listed him as "Manuel Marcos" when he first signed.

Margot is off to an excellent start in the DSL, hitting .351 / .435 / .676 in his first 43 PAs, with two homers and 6 XBHs already. Considered a top-flight defender in CF, nice to see some pop as well.

#2 jscola85

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:00 PM

And before you can even blink, Margot has already made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet:

The international signing period opens on July 2, the first date when teams can sign 16-year-old foreign players. Nearly one year after signing Manuel Margot out of the Dominican Republic on July 2 for $800,000, the Red Sox have to be excited about what he might become. The 17-year-old Margot is hitting .325/.408/.625 in 49 plate appearances in the Dominican Summer League, which isn't a surprise given reports from Dominican scouts that he was one of the better game hitters in last year's signing class, though he's shown some more power than expected. His eight stolen bases are tied for the most in the DSL, and he's yet to be thrown out. With his 70 speed, a plus arm, athleticism and defensive instincts, Margot has the potential to be a dynamic player for the Red Sox down the road.

#3 bloodysox

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:56 PM

Margot is now hitting .345/.424/.600 with 2 HR, 4 2B, and 2 3B. He has 8 walks to 7 strikeouts, and has 10 SB and only one CS.

All of this in only 15 games.

#4 MalzoneExpress

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:25 PM

He needs a nickname. May I suggest "Midget"?


#5 jscola85

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:26 PM

Through 21 games (94 PAs):

.305/.395/.524, 4 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 12/13 SBs, 12/15 BB/K

Margot ranks among the top 10 hitters in the DSL in OPS among players born in 1994 or later. Great start to his career thus far. For reference, here's Bogaerts' line back in 2010:

.314/.396/.423, 7 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 4/9 SBs, 30/37 BB/K in 269 PAs

Doesn't have the frame of X-Man but he's hitting even better than Xander did at the same age in the DSL.

#6 MalzoneExpress

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:37 PM

From Full Count on 7/6


– Outfielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-4 with his third homer of the year and a walk. His 11 extra-base hits are tied for the team lead.

I checked Baseball America

His slash line is:

ave obp slg ops
.258 .349 .444 .793

#7 jscola85

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:19 AM

Margot has come back down to earth after his strong start:

Since my last update, he's hit .221/.283/.283, but with a 9/6 BB/K and 9/12 on stolen bases.

#8 jscola85

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:50 AM

Margot is on a tear in the last 10 games, hitting .405/.500/.571 with 5 steals and no CS. Overall season line is up to .285/.382/.423 with 33 steals in 42 attempts in 285 PAs.

For reference, Bogaerts hit .314/.396/.423 in 280 PAs in the DSL when he was a 17 year old. Now, Bogaerts really broke out in 2011 with the aggressive promotion, but Margot is certainly doing some special work in the DSL. I hope they aggressively place Margot in Greenville just like they did with Bogaerts.

#9 TheGoldenGreek33

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:51 PM

Apart of BA's Ben Badler's Top 20 DSL/VSL Prospects (sub only) from 2012:


Margot played in the Dominican Prospect League in 2011 and was one of the premium prospects that year for July 2, when he signed with the Red Sox for $800,000. Margot, who is from Villa Altagracia and trained with Franklin Ferreira, had one of the best debuts among last year's signings. Margot has a lean, athletic frame and exciting five-tool potential. He hit well in games for scouts before signing and had little trouble handling DSL pitching. Margot has good bat speed, a line-drive swing and takes pitches on the outer half to the right-center field gap. He has a hitch in his swing that he's worked to smooth out, but he's able to get his hands into hitting position on time, adjusts to pitches on the inner half and is able to manipulate the bat head well, so he doesn't get beat often. Margot mostly has gap power now, but he makes loud contact and should continue to add power. Margot's plus-plus speed is a weapon on the bases (his 33 steals ranked third in the DSL) and in the field, leading DSL outfielders in putouts. He has excellent range, gets good reads off the bat, tracks down balls in the gaps and has a plus arm, so he has all the ingredients to be an outstanding defensive center fielder.



Edited by TheGoldenGreek33, 26 February 2013 - 03:51 PM.

#10 jscola85

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:41 PM

Courtesy of Soxprospects.com
Position: Outfield
2012 Team: Dominican Summer League
2013 Projected Team: Lowell Spinners
Opening Day Age: 18
margot.manuel.jpgStrengths: Margot’s smooth swing enables him to fluidly bring the head of the bat through the hitting zone. The outfielder possesses very quick hands and wrists, which allow him to generate excellent bat speed. Margot shows a strong aptitude for hitting at an early age. The 18-year-old keeps his hands back well during his stride and there is little wasted movement during the swing load. There’s also leverage in the swing, enabling him to produce consistent backspin. Margot’s hit tool shows the potential to develop to solid-average-to-better, with the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. Athleticism is also an asset. His speed grades as well above-average and projects as an impact tool. The youngster demonstrates solid acceleration both on the bases and in the field. Defensively, Margot reads the ball well off the bat in center field. He shows a lot of grace and natural ability when tracking fly balls, and closes well into both gaps. The range grades as above-average, with the overall tools to round into a plus defender in center.

Development Needs: Margot is presently on the lean side and lacks strength. There is some room on his frame to fill out, but is not likely a player that is going to experience a big physical transformation as he matures into his twenties. The outfielder can develop about average power, but hitting home runs is not likely to be a large part of the offensive game. Margot’s progression polishing the hit tool will be important as most of his offensive value will be tied to making a lot of contact. Presently, the 18-year-old is in the early stages of developing a professional approach and building pitch recognition. He has shown the willingness to work counts, but is raw overall handling secondary offerings. Margot’s ability to adjust will be tested during his early career. There’s some overall growth needed to fully maximize his offensive tools, on which his potential projection as an everyday player hinges. While the defensive tools overall are a strength, the arm only presently grades as about fringe-average, which puts an emphasis on sticking in center.
2013 Outlook: Margot showed impressive tools during the Fall Instructional League and is a talent to watch. The outfielder should make his states-side debut in 2013, likely with the Lowell Spinners. Margot will be getting his first taste of more advanced arms this season. It should give a good look as to where he stands with building his approach and coming up to speed with picking up secondary offerings. I don’t expect a huge breakout for Margot this season, but the prospect is on the rise within the system. This year will be about building the skills needed for a full-season placement in 2014. I see Margot capable of making the necessary adjustments and progressing forward, but there will be some struggles or inconsistency. There’s plenty of development time in front of him, with the 18-year-old just beginning the initial stages. The foundation is there to develop into an everyday big leaguer. 2013 serves as Margot’s first challenge to prove he is beginning to trend in that direction.

#11 Snodgrass'Muff

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

Nice blurb up about him at Bleacher Report.


Signed out of the Dominican Republic in July, 2011, Margot showcases plus-plus speed on both sides of the ball. Only 18 years old, the right-handed hitter possesses plate discipline beyond his years and employs a short, quick swing that enables him to lace line drives from line-to-line. He may feature average power at maturity, though that will also depend on how much strength he adds in the coming years.

#12 Again2004

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:38 PM

He looks as good as advertised.

#13 ZMart100

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:43 PM

#14 doctorogres

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:04 PM

An extended scouting look at Margot is up at SoxProspects. Quick little excerpt:


Eventually, however, he could develop slightly below-average to average power. When combined with a potential plus hit tool and plus-plus speed, he has the makings of a potential top-of-the-order hitter with the defensive ability to stay in center field.

#15 jscola85

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:26 PM

Margot is not hitting much yet, but I do like the strong plate patience and it's clear he has some great wheels (both on the bases and in the OF).

#16 jscola85

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:23 PM

Looks like Margot was on the DL for a while - can't find anywhere explaining why - but he missed all games between July 24th and August 16th.  Since coming back though he has been on a tear, with 9 hits in 4 games.  OPS is back up over .700 on the season; hopefully he can get his swing back in a bit of a rhythm to finish out the year.

#17 SoxScout

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:41 PM

He was out with a "pulled muscle in his lower body"

#18 jscola85

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:20 AM

Jim Callis gave Margot some love on EEI this weekend, naming him the guy in the low minors most likely to become a top 10 prospect in the future.  Season ended last night for the Spinners, and Margot's finishing line was:


197 PAs, .270/.346/.351 (.697 OPS), 11 XBHs, 18 SBs in 26 chances


Not a bad 2nd season for a kid in his age 18 season in a league with mostly college rookies.


Next up?  Likely headed to Greenville next spring.

#19 jscola85

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

Nice article on Margot and how he bounced back from a tough injury to finish the year strong:



#20 RedOctober3829

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:14 PM

Ben Badler @BenBadler 44s

Red Sox CF Manuel Margot hit two home runs today in Low-A. Premium athlete with breakout potential.


#21 Manzivino

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:21 PM

As mentioned in the gamethread, that doubles his HR total from 185 AB in Lowell last season. Real potential to skyrocket up the prospect rankings if he shows even average power this year as all reports are he's a plus defender and can stick in CF.

#22 jscola85

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 03:18 PM

Margot is holding his own through two months in A ball as a 19 year old, hitting .253/.327/.390 for a .718 OPS.  The 22/16 K/BB is encouraging at his age - BABIP has just been less kind to him this year vs. last (.333 vs .275).  14 SBs out of 18 attempts is a solid ratio as well.


However, he's been scuffling of late, hitting just .214 over the last month.  Hopefully just a rough patch.

#23 Savin Hillbilly

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 11:39 AM

However, he's been scuffling of late, hitting just .214 over the last month.  Hopefully just a rough patch.


Evidently it was. He's gone .313/.380/.547 for June. Season line now up to .276/.344/.431.

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