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Rosell Herrera scouting report notes
Rosell Herrera is light years away from his once-top-prospect status after a big 2013 season at Low-A Asheville,and yet he’s still not even 25 years old yet, making him quite an enigma as far as the Colorado Rockies‘ organizational depth charts are concerned. The infielder-turned-outfielder-turned-infielder is still as speedy as ever, after stealing 36 bases in Double-A Hartford in 2016, and he’s finally starting to better understand the nuances of the game as he grows into his lanky, lean body. Plus speed in the outfield has benefitted Herrera, too, and even though he originally signed as a shortstop and has played third base in his career, his likely future is in the outfield where he can be an above-average defender with good range.
At the plate, much was expected of Herrera’s switch-hitting potential after he flashed so much power (33 doubles, 16 home runs) in that monster 2013 season in Low-A, but it’s never materialized. To date, he’s far more of a slap hitter who can get on base via the walk or the single, but he struggles to hit the ball with authority to the gaps and he’s never shown exceptional power save that one summer. That’s a shame, because his athleticism is off the charts and he has a notably positive and mature attitude even in light of his situation as a once-top-prospect turned minor league organizational depth piece. He tracks pitches well and has decent bat speed, but it’s never completely come together to produce even sustained average power.
Moving forward, Rosell Herrera’s only path to the Colorado Rockies likely lies in a super utility role. He’s been working out at first base and third base again in recent weeks, which could be a sign that the club is trying to prepare him for a very wide variety of roles. Even though he doesn’t nearly have enough power to play either corner infield position with regularity, the ability for him to play each, plus all three outfield positions and both middle infield positions in a pinch would make him relatively rare even for a utility guy.
To his credit, he always seems to take good at-bats and he has a knack for getting on base via the walk, which will help him if he’s to ever have a shot at the big leagues. That said, the deck is stacked against him, and Herrera will need to show a marked improvement in his overall offensive output if he is to ever find a home in the big leagues, even despite his deceivingly young age relative to his long minor leaguer career to date.
For our feature interview with Colorado Rockies infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera, please click here.
To visit Rosell Herrera’s player page, please click here.
Rosell Herrera scouting report: 140 characters or less
Athletic and speedy with decent contact skills but no power, former top prospect Rosell Herrera’s only path forward is in a utility role.
Rosell Herrera scouting report video
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Rosell Herrera scouting report GIFs
In addition to our video clips, we broke out some Rosell Herrera baseball GIFs for a deeper look at his mechanics, etc.:
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