#17 – RF Cesar Puello

Bats/Throws: R/Rpuello-stance-small

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 195 lbs

Acquired: NDFA (7/2/07)

Born: 4/1/91 (La Romana, DR)

Why Ranked Here: Puello was impressive in his professional debut as a 17-year old in the GCL, showing a nice swing that produced line drives to the big part of the park. He’s strong across his upper body and has solid batspeed, but wasn’t yet driving the ball consistently in games in July. That will come as he learns to use his strength. He has the range and arm to handle right.

2008: Puello’s OPS increased in every month from .537 in June to .605 in July and .867 in August. In August, he hit .357/.410/.457, walking three times and getting plunked four times in 70 AB.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Puello has a chance to grow into an everyday right-fielder.

On the Flipside: At 17, Puello is years away. He must become more patient, as he walked in just 3% of his plate appearances. The power must come for him to project as an everyday player.

Projected 2009 Start: Savannah

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