Raynel Delgado

Position: INF
Level: SS A
Affiliate: Mahoning Valley Scrappers
League: NY-Penn League
Born: 04/04/2000 (Age: 19)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: 6th Rd. 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CLE)

Prospect Spotlight

Cleveland’s sixth-round pick in 2018 from a Florida high school, Delgado was extremely young for his draft class and just turned 19 at the start of April. He hit well in the AZL last summer and was held back in Extended to begin 2019, assigned to the New York-Penn League when short-season ball got underway.

Delgado requires some dreaming on both sides of the ball, but has a projectable body/tools combo that could take a jump. His lean, trim-waisted frame has plenty of room to get stronger, and though he’s fairly tall for the middle infield at 6-foot-2, Delgado is a surprisingly agile defender at shortstop. He has seen time at 2B and 3B as a pro as well, laying the groundwork for a move elsewhere in the infield lest his frame does outgrow the position. His raw arm strength looked at least average in a quick look—if not a tick more—though footwork and fundamental issues (that can be corrected with time) impacted the accuracy of his throws.

Offensively, Delgado is a switch-hitter with a quick, whippy stroke from both sides of the plate. I liked the balance in his base through contact, with batspeed and a knack for hard line drive contact that hint at the chance to develop a big league hit tool. His frame and remaining physical projection give reason to think more power could develop, too. As a young hitter learning two swings—one who has ran into some swing/miss issues so far in short-season ball, no less—Delgado’s offensive game will take time and isn’t a sure thing. He’s a high-risk prospect considering his age and proximity, though the long term ingredients are interesting.