Updated on August 12th, 2019: Over Mauricio’s last 10 games, the 18 year old shortstop has been slashing at .333/.341/.405 with a .746 OPS, nine runs scored, one home run, and eight RBI’s in 42 at bats.
So far this season, the defensively sound, switch hitting shortstop has been batting .286/.324/.384/.708 with 20 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 57 runs scored and 33 RBI’s in 409 at bats over 100 games with the Colombia Fireflies
I wanted to hold Mauricio off more till the middle of the season but it’s hard not to gloat about the prospect and the early tear he’s on. Mauricio, a Dominican Republic native recently cracked the “Top 100 Prospects” list and has had people within the organization talking about him since he signed with the team in 2017.
The freshly turned 18 year old switch hitting shortstop will not have it easy, and I mean this in regards to his journey to the big leagues and the two shortstops that stand in front of him. However, even with Rosario and Jimenez positioned in the way, Mauricio may be the better player of the tremendously talented trio.
Mauricio started the season off with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, where he currently still is assigned and is tearing it up. In 15 games this year, Mauricio owns a slash line of .323/ .373/ .387/ .760 in 62 at-bats and has 2 doubles and a triple, along with his 3 RBI’s.
Standing tall at 6’3″, you would expect Ronny Mauricio to have a lot of moving parts in his swing, however, this isn’t the case. The Dominican native has a very smooth stroke and an extremely good eye at the dish while he continues to give opposing pitchers a tough time, as he always seems to put together a quality at-bat.
He currently has more pop while batting against left handed pitching but as he continues to age, mature, and add muscle, I expect that his righty/lefty approach will develop into a more similar technique. Defensively, he needs some help on his footwork, besides that, he’s above average across the board. He might quite possibly be better suited for 3rd base as time goes on.
While catching Francisco Lindor and Manny Machado comparisons by scouts and my peer bloggers, Mauricio still has some ways to go till he’s Major League ready. However, expect to hear Mauricio’s name a lot. Whether it be by Minor League experts, the SNY booth, bloggers, and radio personalities, his name is going to come up often in the next two years.
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