Minor League Prospect Note: Dorsyss Paulino, SS, Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians promoted shortstop prospect Dorsyss Paulino from the Arizona Rookie League to Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League, where he becomes the youngest player in the circuit at age 17 (born November 21, 1994). The promotion was certainly deserved: he was hitting .355/.404/.610 with 14 doubles, six triples, six homers, and nine stolen bases in 10 attempts in 41 games in the AZL. He drew 15 walks against 31 strikeouts in 172 at-bats.
Paulino was signed by the Indians out of the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2011, earning a $1,100,000 bonus. Listed at 6-0, 175, he is a right-handed hitter with plenty of bat speed. His "hit tool" was highly-rated as an amateur and has certainly looked good in pro ball so far. Expected to hit for average and get on base, he has some feel for the strike zone and has shown good power, plus he uses his speed well on the bases. He has the arm for shortstop, but is error-prone at this point and may wind up at third base or perhaps second.
As a hitter at least, Paulino has plenty of talent and has shown more polish than anticipated. Expect him to rank highly among Indians prospects entering 2013, and we should be hearing a lot more about him next year.