Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prospect Watch: Gabriel Lino

   The Orioles seemingly have a very stacked team in Delmarva. With the likes of Dylan Bundy, Parker Bridwell, Nick Delmonico, and Jason Esposito; it is certainly a fun team to watch. However, there is another player that gets much less buzz.

   Gabriel Lino is a Catcher out of Venezuela. At 6'3'' 195 lbs, the right-handed hitter has a solid frame to possibly one day become a catcher at the major league level. His name might not be a household one as of now, but it could only be a matter of time before the youngest player on Delmarva's roster is a well-known commodity.

   Lino spent his first two years down in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League. While the numbers down there are not entirely important or clarifying of his prospect status, they are still fun to look at. The OBP. above .360 is quite the feat at any level.

201017Orioles 2DOSLFRkBAL54183140152810001942821.200.359.271.631
3 Seasons86290234305518123253837.235.365.346.711

    As shown above, Lino has started out his Delmarva debut hot. While it is absolutely a ridiculously small sample size, it is great to see some early success (4 games of success). I compiled a list of different thoughts from a few respected minds:

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus:
He ranked Lino 15th on his Orioles prospect list.
"Excellent defensive prospect still has to prove he can hit, but there are signs of power."

Don Olsen of Orioles-Nation:
"He has a powerful arm and the bat speed to really be a serious hitter. Glove needs improvement, footwork is still raw/early."

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com:
He ranked Lino 11th on his Orioles prospect list.
"Matt Wieters doesn’t have to look over his shoulder just yet, but if everything comes together for this young backstop, he could be a good one. Lino is big and strong with an above-average to plus throwing arm. At the plate, he’s shown some patience as well as some raw power. All of his tools are in the nascent stages and the Orioles will have to be very patient, with a big payoff down the line a possibility."

   Lino is still quite far from the majors, but he is certainly a player to watch this year and in the future. He does not have many PA to his credit yet, so looking at the numbers is not the most important aspect at this time. As mentioned above, he is the youngest player on the Shorebirds' roster, and most likely finishes the season there.

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