PP 2004 Scouting Report: SS, Hector Made
SS, Hector Made
SS, Hector Made

Posted Feb 3, 2004


The New York Yankees assigned shortstop Hector Made to the Gulf Coast League Yankees for the 2003 season after he played for their Dominican Summer League team in the season prior. He impressed scouts and coaches with his natural patience at the plate which is found to be very rare for a young hitter such as Made. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics;
Name: Hector Made
Position: Shortstop
DOB: December 18, 1984
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 154
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Place of Residence: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: The New York Yankees assigned Hector Made to the Gulf Coast Yankees after he played a season with the Yankee's Dominican Summer League team.

Made was able to keep his strikeout totals down which compliment his good walk totals. His solid defense at shortstop was also noticed and viewed as a very good building block in his development process to be becoming a Major League player. The Yankee organization is hoping that he will be the next in a new line of great big league shortstops that can hit and play the field as well.

When New York Yankee scouts saw this young kid down in the Dominican Republic, they were seeing superstar written all over him. He showed them all the tools and even added some of his own that included patience and many other intangibles. The 6 foot 1 inch, wiry shortstop was fantastic in the field and just as impressive with the bat as well. Along with other top prospect Joaquin Arias, he is believed to be one of the top shortstops in the farm system. When he was assigned to the Gulf Coast Yankees on December 30th of 2002 the organization was expecting great things in the future of this young infielder prospect.

Being his first full season in the minors in the Yankee organization, 2003 was a pivotal one for the young shortstop. He would look to solidify himself as a top prospect in the organization and not as just another player. Despite a low batting average by many standards, (.236) he was still impressive in many other categories for the Yankees rookie league affiliate. As stated earlier, he is known for his patience at the plate and for his low strikeout totals as well. He impressed many people with the fact that he had less strikeouts(19) than he did walks(20) which is very impressive for a young hitter. He also hit 5 home runs while driving in 18 runs as well. Made also added 8 stolen bases in his stint with the Gulf Coast Yankees during 2003.

Hector Made was impressive enough during his time in the Gulf Coast League and earned himself a promotion to Staten Island late in the season. In limited playing time, Made put up solid statistics with the Baby Bombers. In 27 at bats he hit .259 with one home run while also stealing three bases. Made will likely play his 2004 season in Staten Island where he is expected to be the starting shortstop for the team.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2003

GCL Yankees

.236

178

6

5

18

28

8

20

19

.314

.376


* Stats as of 9/7/03

Batting and Power. Hector Made has shown very good potential with the bat as contact hitter and with fairly decent power to go along with it. Scouts expect more and more power out of the bat of Hector Made as he gets older and adds a little more muscle to his 154 pound frame.

Base Running and Speed. There is no doubt that Hector Made has above average speed which also adds to his plus range in the field. He certainly has the potential to steal 20 plus bases per year in a full season.

Defense. Made is a very good defensive shortstop already in his very young career but still makes a little too many errors but of course he is still very young and you can expect that. Scouts believe that once he matures he will put his above average range and his good arm to work and become a very good defensive shortstop.

Projection. It appears that Hector Made could very well be a solid big league shortstop that has all the skills to be a star. However, Made may have his greatest future at either another position or another organization. Derek Jeter doesn't appear that he is going to vacate the shortstop position any time soon so these are a couple of other options for Hector Made should he continue to develop into a fantastic player that he has the potential to be.

ETA. 2008. If he is not rushed and with the situation at shortstop in the Bronx right now, I am sure he won't be, this would be the proper date for his debut. He should spend next season with Staten Island and then the 2005 season with Battle Creek. In 2006, he will likely play with Tampa and/or Trenton and then he will probably play with the Clippers in 2007. Finally, Made will likely make his debut in 2008.

Shortstops

2003 Team

Erick Almonte

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Deivi Mendez

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Andy Cannizaro

AA - Trenton Thunder

J.T. Stotts AA - Midland Rockhounds
Ferdin Tejada A - Tampa Yankees
Joaquin Arias A - Battle Creek Yankees
Hector Made R - GCL Yankees


Comments

Currently, the organization doesn’t have an immediate impact player that could step in and do the job. Joaquin Arias will end up being the most polished player, with a few that may end up being solid utility infielders. With Derek Jeter entrenched as the shortstop in the Bronx, most of these guys will either switch positions or end up being traded in deals.

1. Erick Almonte- Almonte hasn't developed into the heir apparent to Derek Jeter as he was once thought that he could be. Almonte hasn't improved upon his fielding skills or his power, If he wants a starting position, it certainly isn't going to be with the New York Yankees.

2. Deivi Mendez- Mendez is still stuck behind Erick Almonte for the starting job in Columbus and it doesn't appear that he will be taking it anytime soon. He is in the same category as Almonte. Could be a good player but needs to find another organization.

3. Andy Cannizaro- Cannizaro could have a decent future as a possible utility player in any organization. he has been consistent and plats fairly solid defense as well. Needs some improvement with the bat but is still adequate and should be improving as he continues to mature.

4. J.T. Stotts- Acquired in the deal that sent left-handed reliever Chris Hammond to Oakland, Stotts, 23, has a knack for getting on base and utilizing his speed. Much like Tejada, he doesn’t project for much power but plays solid defense. In the A’s system during 2003, he split the year between high Class A Modesto and Double-A Midland, hitting .293 with 2 homers, 51 RBIs, and 15 steals in 121 games. Could be a sleeper in the system.

5. Ferdin Tejada-Excellent defensive player that sprays the ball, uses his speed, and does the fundamentals. Needs to improve from the left-side of the plate. Little power. Needs to get stronger and continue to mature.

6. Joaquin Arias- Arias has been touted by some scouts as the gem of the farm system. He is a tremendous fielder but needs to work on his consistency on routine plays. Has a very good bat and could even develop into a better power hitter as he matures as well. A possible 5 tool player.

7. Hector Made- Made showed a lot of tools in 2003 that not many young players have these days. He showed very good plate discipline along with decent power. Has a solid glove at shortstop with a lightly above average arm. Next season, he could be right in there with Arias, battling for the rights as best Shortstop in the farm system.

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