SDI Prospect Rankings – #10 Yeyson Yrizzari
Yeyson Yrizzari is a name you need to know. Not only because Yrizzari is one of the premier talents in the Ranger system, but because he has the greatest name in all minor league baseball. His name is pronounced YAY-son ear-iz-ARE-ee. The 18-year-old Dominican plays shortstop almost exclusively with some time at second base.
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2015 was Yrizzari’s first full year state side, as he split 2014 between time in the Dominican Republic and the Arizona rookie league. Yrizzari isn’t a name that has received a great deal of buzz, and we might be the only outlet to rank him in our top 10. However Grant and I both feel confident in what he can do and others will regret sleeping on him.
While some scouts are split on whether he plays short or third down the road, the thing all scouts agree on is that Yrizzari has an absolute cannon for an arm, receiving mostly 70 grades. Once I’ve seen that bazooka he calls a right arm in person this spring training I’m willing to bet I won’t shut up about it.
Poor lateral movement and footwork lead to a less than stellar amount of errors. Most of this is due to his inexperience. Yrizzari is excellent size for short stop at his listed 6′ and 175 lbs. It is possible, and even likely for him to put on a fair amount of weight in the coming years.
July was a shining month for Yrizzari. In 26 games, he put up a slash line of .317/.349/.404 and had six of his 13 extra-base hits that month. It would be the only month Yrizzari’s OPS would eclipse .600. The first full year stateside is a difficult transition and I’m sure that played some role in Yrizzari’s struggles.
Those numbers may not impress you, but what should impress you is that at age 18, Yrizzari filled in as Round Rock’s emergency call up short stop and he held his own for nine games. Even though the sample size was a bit small, the impact was big on my opinion of him. Poise is difficult to quantify, and for those nine games we were able to quantify Yrizarri’s poise just a little bit better.
If he reaches his ceiling, Yrizzari could be a solid defender at shortstop and one of the better offensive players at the position. From what I’ve seen, I’m leaning towards him as a long term short stop. When someone has his kind of bat and can play some short, you keep him there until he proves that he can’t handle the position.
Don’t be surprised if you see Yeyson start off the year in full season ball down in Hickory. Texas has a history of aggressively promoting prospects until they prove they’re unable to handle a given level. With most of the big name talents set to graduate the farm soon, Yeyson will likely gain quite a bit of clout this year in the Ranger prospect chatter. Look out for Yey Yey this season and for him to keep living up to his 80 grade name.