Vidal Brujan

Position: 2B
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Bowling Green Hot Rods
League: Midwest League
Born: 02/09/1998 (Age: 25)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent October 17, 2014 (TB)

Prospect Spotlight

Tampa Bay signed the switch-hitting Brujan from the Dominican Republic in 2014. Now 20-years-old, his biggest asset in double-plus speed, with times down the line that frequently are under 4.0 seconds. Despite a slight frame, he shows contact ability and occasional sneaky pop from the right-hand side.

Brujan was extremely aggressive in this look, frequently trying to line up fastballs early in the count. His bat-to-bat skills are above-average, and this approach has worked for him in the lower levels. That said, more advanced pitching will expose the free-swinging approach unless he begins to develop more selectivity at the plate. That said, the batspeed and hand/eye alone could still develop a playable future hit tool, around a 45-grade output in the batting average department. He drives the gaps and has more strength in his right-handed swing, though there isn’t enough power that he should try and lift the ball and Brujan shows more feel to hit as a lefty.┬áDefensively, he is a full-time second baseman with Class A Bowling Green, where he isn’t particularly polished but “out-athletes” the lesser demands of the keystone at present. His extreme speed and quickness compensates for fringy hands and awkward footwork, and with a shorter throw with more time to get rid of the ball, Brujan is able to make the routine play even if he doesn’t make it look great. A 45-grade arm makes him a better fit on the left side of the infield than shifting between all spots in the dirt.

I don’t expect Brujan to be enough of an on-base or power producer to play everyday, but the speed and contact skills on a switch-hitting bat profile as a FV 45 bench player capable of spot-starting when needed.