Name: Jorge Barrosa
DOB: 2/17/2001 (Age 17)
Acquired: 2017 International Free Agent signing
Position: Center Field
Most Notable Tool: Speed
Season Stats: 308 PA, .279/.373/.389, 8 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 29/45 BB/K, 39/47 SB between DSL Dbacks1, AZL Dbacks, and Missoula Osprey
2018 Season Summary: Barrosa saw his first action of pro ball when the Dominican Summer League opened up, getting the starting CF job on the top DSL team for the Diamondbacks. He put up solid numbers there with a .299/.402/.412 slash in 240 PA. He put up solid plate discipline numbers with a 25/34 BB/K ratio and successful on 34 of 40 stolen base attempts. That earned him a promotion to the states, where he saw a bit of action with both the AZL Dbacks and Missoula Osprey. The sample size at those two stops isn’t enough to draw conclusions, but he struggled in the few games he saw there. Overall, the season was a net positive because he displayed solid OBP skills and baserunning instincts in his DSL stop.
Tools: Hit 35/55, Power 30/45, Run 60, Defense 50/60
Upside: Barrosa has the tools to be a potential everyday center fielder and top of the order hitter. His DSL numbers suggest a potential high OBP, high SB total with strong baserunning numbers. The speed should also translate to the field where he should be a strong glove in Chase’s ginormous outfield dimensions. The big outfield should also help his hitting where balls hit in the gaps allow him to turn singles into doubles or triples.
Risk: Barrosa has only 67 plate appearances in the states, so it’s also too early to project what type of prospect he’ll ultimately develop into. There have been toolsy prospects similar to him that flamed out in the farm system, although Barrosa is on the right side of the age curve. The rate stats in the states went down as the competition increased, as expected, so he’ll likely be starting in rookie ball in 2019.
Likely 2019 Assignment: I believe Barrosa will start 2019 in extended Spring Training to open things up, but then see action with Missoula in June. Depending on how well he produces, he could see a promotion to Hillsboro late in the minor league season.
ETA: 2023 Season