Scouting Yankee Prospect #24: Angel Fermin

Fermin Has Vast Power Potential

The Yankees signed Angel Fermin as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in March of 2003. Fermin, who just turned 20-years old, has some of the best raw power in the farm system. Ranking #24 among the Top 50 Yankees' prospects, here's a scouting report on Angel Fermin.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Angel Fermin
Position: First Base
DOB: October 30, 1985
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Angel Fermin, despite possessing all the potential in the world, struggled in his first two seasons with the Dominican Summer League Yankees. Playing third base, Fermin hit just .214 with two home runs in his first 187 at-bats with the DSL Yankees. Even though he clubbed 9 home runs in 2004 in his second season with the DSL Yankees, Fermin's .211 batting average didn't discourage the Yankees from challenging him in 2005.

Yankees Latin America Coordinator Carlos Rios told our subscribers a year ago that, despite his struggles making contact, Fermin would make his United States debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2005. "I think that is a strong possibility and that is probably what will happen," Rios said in January of 2005. "He'll only be 19 years old when the season starts so he is still so young. But, he hit like 11 home runs combined last year and that is almost unheard of in our league."

As Carlos Rios eluded, Fermin's power is special. He was an integral part in leading the Gulf Coast League Yankees to a championship this past season, hitting .305 with 5 home runs while making the transition to first base. He finished in the top five in five different offensive categories in the Gulf Coast League, including leading the league in doubles (17) and extra-base hits (23), finishing second in slugging percentage (.526), third in RBI (32), and fourth in runs scored (35).

Perhaps even more important than his placement in various statistical standings was his clutch hitting for his team. He hit .349 with runners on base, nearly 100 points better than when the bases were empty, and a team-leading .380 with runners in scoring position.

It is Fermin's flair for the dramatic and raw power that has everyone in the Yankees' organization excited.

"We see a bright future for him," Carlos Rios said. "Angel is a big, strong right-handed hitter. He really has enormous power hitting potential. I mean, he has so much. He's the type of guy who could take half a swing and hit a ball out to center field. He's an amazing kid."

"Right now, he is a very crude talent but we like him a lot," Rios continued. "I think he could really be a star type of player down the road. But, right now he is just a baby and has a ways to go. But, if he gets the proper amount of time to development, he is going to be a very dangerous hitter."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2005 Gulf Coast .305 154 17 5 32 35 2 7 27 .360 .526


Batting and Power. The name of Angel Fermin's game is raw power. Despite just one year at the rookie-ball level, Fermin is already one of the elite gap hitters in the organization. He's strong enough to muscle excellent breaking pitches out of the yard and he's shown advanced opposite field power for such a young player. Fermin is a decent contact hitter who will take a few pitches. Traditionally much better against left-handed pitchers, what has the Yankees really excited was his great strides against righties in 2005. His pitch recognition and selectivity is still very raw however.

Base Running and Speed. Fermin is very athletic and he has quick feet for a slugger. He still has a ways to go towards learning the nuances of base running, but he has good speed for a corner infielder.

Defense. Coming up the ranks as a third baseman, Fermin made the switch over to first base in 2005. His arm is strong enough to play third and even some left field, but his defensive abilities are more of a work in progress. He's agile enough to vastly improve this area of his game, but he's more of a designated hitter at this time.

Projection. Fermin's power is special enough where he could develop into an elite right-handed slugger in due time. If he can continue to show marked improvements in his approach against right-handed pitchers, as he did in the Gulf Coast League last season, the sky is the limit for this potential star. However, he is as raw as they come at the current time and he has a long way to go towards reaching his vast potential. He projects to be a run producing power hitter either at first base or more likely, as the team's designated hitter.

ETA. 2010. As Carlos Rios pointed out, if Fermin is given the time to develop, he could be a special hitter. With the likes of John Urick and Eric Duncan ahead of him on the depth chart, there is no need to rush him. Fermin should see significant time with the Charleston Riverdogs in 2006, but don't rule out a patient approach with him and a possible stint in Staten Island once the short-season leagues open up play in June.

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