Future Watch: Ruddy Giron Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Get ready for Ruddy Giron. He is a talented shortstop. The San Diego Padres signed him as a free agent in 2015. Since then, he has managed to sneak up in the teams’ prospect rankings and now many are learning his name for the first time.
Still just 19-years old, the 5′-11″, 195 pound future star really made a splash by going 6-6 with a home run in his first game with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Known for his hitting he is also quite the utility man. He is also willing to play second or third just to get a shot at the big leagues.
In 2015, he hit .285 with nine homers and 49 RBI, 15 steals, 12 doubles and 4 triples. This season he’s started off slow. That can happen to young players and isn’t anything to be concerned about. Every player is different and develops at their own pace. Giron is poised to bounce-back quickly.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
After doing nothing at the plate in 2014, Giron has surprised the Padres’ new front-office regime with his pop this season. He’s not a big guy, but he’s deceptively strong and drives the ball with a quick, compact right-handed swing. He makes repeated hard contact, though he’ll need to tighten his strike zone. ETA 2018.
Here’s a good look at his sweet, compact swing. It may remind some of Alfonso Soriano:
Giron doesn’t strike out much. With that and his obvious speed and youth, it looks like the Padres have found themselves a gem. He needs more at-bats in the minors and then he’ll be poised to play for the big club.
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