Prospects Charlee Soto, Sabin Ceballos and Yahil Melendez lead the talent available for the winter league Rookie Draft

Prospects Charlee Soto, Sabin Ceballos and Yahil Melendez lead the talent available for the winter league Rookie Draft

With 30 eligible players, including right-hander Charlee Soto, the NFL Rookie Draft Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Lbprc) It will be held next Monday, September 25.

The list is made up of six catchers, nine infielders, four outfielders and eleven pitchers.

Soto, 18 years old, was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in turn 34 of the first round of the 2023 MLB Rookie Draft.

There are also infielders Sabin Ceballos and Yahil Melendez; as well as receiver Jandaniel Gonzalez.

“The Rookie Draw is a mechanism that provides the opportunity for young Puerto Rican players to continue developing their skills with a view to making every professional player’s dream of playing in the Major Leagues a reality, said the winter league tournament director. , Carlos Berroa.

Soto is a right-handed pitcher with three dominant pitches in his repertoire. His fastball is over 90 miles per hour and at times he reached triple digit velocity.

For his part, Ceballos – selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 94th round of the third round of the 2023 draft – accumulated a .300 average with 12 hits, a home run and eight RBIs in 40 at-bats in Class A.

Ceballos had originally been selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round. However, Ceballos decided to move from San Jacinto College in Texas to the University of Oregon to continue his studies and play third base.

Melendez, 18 years old, chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 206th at-bat of the seventh round, he maintained a .237 average with nine hits and three RBIs in 38 at-bats in the Rookie League.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez, 17 years old, was selected by the San Diego Padres on turn 96 in the third round. The catcher flew under the radar of many organizations, but impressed the Padres with his powerful arm.

He is a left-handed hitter who has recorded high velocities. The catcher was unable to showcase his talent in the Rookie League this year due to a knee injury that keeps him on the 60-day disabled list in the minor leagues.

Selection order

Team RA12 has the first and fourth picks of the first round and the first pick of the second, third, fourth and subsequent rounds.

The fourth turn of the first round of RA12 corresponds to him after the Cangrejeros de Santurce gave up their turns in the first and second rounds for the signing of two infielders, Yadiel Rivera and Jeremy Orocho.

While the second pick of the first round corresponds to the Gigantes de Carolina after the Leones de Ponce signed free agent Hector Santiago.

The Cangrejeros are third due to the signing of free agent Hector Hernandez, followed by RA12, Carolina and the Criollos de Caguas.

The draw will take place at the Wapa-TV (Channel 4) studios from 6:00 pm and will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.

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