The top four home run averages per game have all occurred in the last five seasons. While the ball isn’t flying as much so far in 2022, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of power, with clubs hitting at least one a game, a rate that’s bound to increase with rising temperatures.
But there are more gunboats on the way. Below are several Latinos with those characteristics that should be reaching the Majors soon. Several are among the top 100 prospects identified by MLB Pipeline.
Orelvis Martinez, SS/3B (No. 2 in Blue Jays, No. 34 in MLB)
We could talk about the 20-year-old Dominican’s strength and speed, but the numbers are easier to teach. The Toronto infielder led all minor league teenagers with 28 home runs in 98 games between Class-A and Class-A Strong last year. He started 2022 at Double-A and has had no problem translating his power to that level. The native of Santo Domingo has 12 homers and was second in slugging with .545.
Heriberto Hernandez, OF (No. 16 at Rays)
After signing with the Rangers for just $10,000 in 2018, it didn’t take long for the Dominican to prove his power in the minors, slugging at least .600 in both 2018 and 2019. The Rays acquired him in December 2020. in exchange for Nathaniel Lowe. Hernandez has a powerful swing that often generates high exit velocities.
Jasson Dominguez, OF (No. 3 Yankees, No. 57 MLB)
Nicknamed “El Marciano” due to his impressive tools, the Dominican signed for $5.1 million in July 2019 and made his full-season debut at age 18 last summer. The switch hitter has great speed with his swing from both sides, but does more damage left-handed. Overall, he’s hitting .261/.315/.442 with four homers in 33 Class-A games.
Oscar Colás, OF (No. 2 at White Sox)
He signed for $2.7 million in January after playing for three years (mostly in the minors) in Japan. The Cuban has lived up to the hype so far, hitting .286/.353/.495 with four homers in 23 Class-A games.
Alexander Ramirez, OF (No. 11 at Angels)
The Dominican is still a teenager who is taking his first steps. However, he slugged .512 in the Arizona Complex League in 2021. He’s in his first full season now, but Ramirez has more power than anyone else in the organization.
Noelvi Marte, SS (No. 1 Mariners, No. 9 MLB)
With fellow Dominican Julio Rodriguez in the Majors now, Marte is the one who receives the label as the most powerful player on Seattle’s farms. In his first full season last year, he hit 17 homers as a teenager.
Francisco Álvarez, C (No. 1 Mets, No. 8 MLB)
Seeing a batting practice of the Venezuelan is a guarantee of spectacle. The 20-year-old slugger’s 28 home runs over the past two seasons put him two ahead of Adley Rutschman, with 91 fewer at-bats.
Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (Nro. 12 in Filis)
The Dominican struggled a bit in 2019, posting a .613 OPS, but has improved since then. In 2021, he hit 23 shots to earn a spot on the 40-man roster. He’s now in a friendly hitter’s park at Reading, where he has homered eight in 36 games, slugging .485.
Oneil Cruz, SS/OF (No. 3 Pirates, No. 23 MLB)
Although the Dominican has struggled in 2022 at Triple-A, he continues to post high exit velocities. At just 23 years old, Cruz is still learning how to use his power with consistency.
Devisson Of The Saints, 3B (No. 13 on Diamondbacks)
“He’s got 80 raw power right now,” D-backs director of development Josh Barfield said this spring. When the Dominican connects the ball, he takes it far. De Los Santos uses his lower body to produce power and could be a 30-plus-per-season player if he cuts down on his swing swings a bit.
Andy Pagés, OF (No. 4 Dodgers, No. 64 MLB)
Padres produces power with his combination of bat speed, strength and aggressiveness. The Cuban was the Class-A Central MVP in his first full season last year, leading the circuit in home runs (31), extra-base hits (57), runs scored (96), RBIs (88), walks (77). ), slugging percentage (.539) and OPS (.933).
Marco Luciano, SS (No. 1 Giants, No. 11 MLB)
Luciano was signed for $2.6 million in 2018, thanks to the potential of his hitting power. He has lived up to the hype, hitting 19 home runs last year between Class-A Low and Class-A Strong and currently hitting .301/.365/.549 with seven homers in 31 games at Class-A Advanced this anus.