Wilmer Difo

Position: SS
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Harrisburg Senators
Age: 24
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: 32nd Rd., 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIN)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 70 run, 50 glove, 50 arm, 50 hit

Strengths: Plus-plus run; will show sub-4.1 run times to 1B from both sides; gets out of the box cleanly from both sides; plus athleticism; will be base-stealing threat; above-average reactions and actions at both middle infield spots; arm is best suited for 2B; above-average bat speed; short, compact stroke; feel for contact and comfort using all fields; doubles gap pop with running ability to post high totals for third baseman; high baseball IQ.

Weaknesses: Limited power projection; will expand the zone north and south; has trouble with velocity on inner half; speed-reliant profile; no upper minors experience and limited successful track record; lot of pressure to hit to be a regular.

Role Ceiling: 50; major league regular second base.

Risk: Moderate; limited upper-minors experience; late-bloomer profile; limited track record

Summary: Difo was a bit old for a prospect in High A ball, but his early success got him a promotion to Double-A then to the major leagues half way through the year. Although he didn’t play much at the MLB level, it was the principle of him being called up so fast that was impressive. Difo showed an advanced approach and solid defense, along with a plus-plus run, and they all helped him outperform his competition. If Difo has early success this year, he should reach the majors once again- this time seeing consistent playing time.