According to the Dominican Prospect League’s official website, the Blue Jays have signed 16-year-old shortstop Ronniel Demorizi for $105,000.
Hailing from San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, the 6-foot, 170-pound Demorizi has a “well proportioned athletic body” that resembles Yuniesky Betancourt, the article says. Video clips and the rest of the DPL’s scouting report after the jump.
During the 2010-2011 DPL season Ronniel Demorizi was ranked among the best participating SS in the league. He was selected to the Under Armour All-America Game, DPL Elite Travel Team last march as well as the DPL All-Star Game in 2011. Demorizi is a switch hitter with bat speed from both sides, line drive gap hitter with occasional power; he has a sound approach and balance at the plate.
He works on being inside the ball and has shown improvements in pitch selection. He’s a natural, effortless fielder with instincts. He shows good foot work, fluidness, rhythm and solid range. He consistently makes the routine plays and makes the tough plays appear routine. Like many Latin American player at 16 yrs old; he’s still in the polishing stages, but his athletic ability, actions and feel for the position will carry him to next level