… However, there are a number of sleepers in the gaggle of C+-grade types in the Chicago system, and two of them are infielders Rangel Ravelo and Carlos Sanchez, both of whom concluded the 2011 campaign in Low-A Kannapolis.
… Certainly, Ravelo’s .452 batting average on balls in play in the Appy is unsustainable, but he seems to have the contact skills to hit at least .300. His BABIP dropped to .359 in Kannapolis, but he struck out just 10.9% of the time, with just 19 whiffs in 43 games. He also drew twelve walks, so his K/BB ratio was solid.
As far as the power goes, Ravelo certainly looks the part of at least a decent power hitter. At 6’2″ and a stocky 210 pounds, he has a powerful frame, and his swing has some leverage in it, although it does seem geared more toward doubles power than home run power. Power is often the last tool to develop, and while Ravelo may never be a 20-HR threat, he could well be able to develop enough to play at third base. Perhaps he could be a .290/.340/.430 hitter, although he could also evolve into an Alberto Callaspo sort of player if his approach improves and his power doesn’t. …
February 8, 2012
SeedlingsToStars’ Sox prospect sleeper picks: 3B Rangel Ravelo and 2B Carlos Sanchez
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