Future Watch: Vidal Brujan Rookie Baseball Cards, Rays – Vidal Brujan was signed as an international free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014. He was 16 at the time and could already play second base or shortstop.
Brujan is arguably the Rays top prospect. Baseball America ranked him 64th headed into the 2020 campaign. In 2015, he played some rookie ball but cranked things up for 2016 and 2017 while playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades in A-ball. 2017 was a good year as he stole 16 bags and hit .285 but he was young and still finding his way.
In 2018, he broke out. Between the Charlotte Stone Crabs and the Bowling Green Hot Rods combined he had nine homers, 53 RBI with 55 steals and a .320 batting average.
He reached as height in A-ball and was off to Double-A in the later part of 2019. In 207 at-bats, he had nine doubles, four triples, three home runs, and 25 RBI hitting .266 with 24 steals. His on-base percentage was .336.
According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:
The switch-hitting Brujan is advanced from both sides of the plate. He already knows how to control the strike zone at a young age and recognizes pitches well, with bat-to-ball skills and a knack for making hard contact that lead scouts to project him as a plus hitter in the future. He has sneaky raw power in his left-handed swing, and it was from that side that he hit all nine of his home runs in 2018. His right-handed swing is more contact-oriented. That Brujan rarely strikes out and takes his walks to go along with natural hitting ability underscores his potential as a top-of-the-order presence, a profile that’s only enhanced by his plus-plus speed and aggressiveness on the basepaths. Brujan’s wheels translate to good range at second base, where he profiles as a slightly above-average defender with average arm strength. The Rays have no shortage of promising middle infielders in their system, though none can rival Brujan’s upside as a true leadoff man. ETA 2020.
Here’s a look at him in action:
Future Watch: Vidal Brujan Rookie Baseball Cards, Rays – Stats
|2016||18||2 Teams||2 Lgs||Rk-A-||TBR||51||231||210||42||57||12||5||1||8||10||5||15||16||.271||.335||.390||.725||82||2||5||1||0||1|
|2018||20||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-A+||TBR||122||548||475||112||152||25||7||9||53||55||19||63||68||.320||.403||.459||.862||218||3||5||2||3||0|
|2019||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||AA-A+||TBR||99||429||383||56||106||17||7||4||40||48||13||37||61||.277||.346||.389||.735||149||8||5||1||3||1|
|Minors (5 seasons)||Minors||399||1782||1554||309||457||78||28||19||141||151||57||187||197||.294||.377||.417||.794||648||19||25||9||7||2|
|Foreign (1 season)||Foreign||3||13||13||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||.077||.077||.077||.154||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Other (1 season)||Other||22||100||82||12||21||3||4||2||10||4||5||15||17||.256||.380||.463||.843||38||3||2||0||1||0|
|All Levels (5 Seasons)||424||1895||1649||322||479||81||32||21||152||155||62||202||217||.290||.375||.417||.792||687||23||27||9||8||2|
|AA (1 season)||Minors||55||233||207||28||55||9||4||3||25||24||8||20||35||.266||.336||.391||.728||81||2||3||1||2||0|
|A+ (2 seasons)||Minors||71||310||274||54||85||15||5||5||27||36||9||32||41||.310||.385||.456||.841||125||7||2||1||1||1|
|A (1 season)||Minors||95||434||377||86||118||18||5||5||41||43||15||48||53||.313||.395||.427||.822||161||2||5||1||3||0|
|A- (2 seasons)||Minors||69||311||268||52||74||15||5||3||20||18||8||35||37||.276||.370||.403||.773||108||6||5||3||0||0|
|Rk (1 season)||Minors||49||222||202||41||57||12||5||1||8||8||5||14||15||.282||.344||.406||.750||82||1||5||1||0||1|
|FRk (1 season)||Minors||60||272||226||48||68||9||4||2||20||22||12||38||16||.301||.411||.403||.814||91||1||5||2||1||0|
Future Watch: Vidal Brujan Rookie Baseball Cards, Rays – More Resources
- MiLB.com Player Profile – Vidal Brujan
- Vidal Brujan – Secondary Market Pricing
- Follow Vidal Brujan on Twitter @vidalbrujan
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