Thursday, February 23, 2012

Prospect Countdown: #15 Jorge Bonifacio

#15 Jorge Bonifacio

Age: 18
Position: OF
Height: 6-1
Weight: 192
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an International Free Agent on 12/9/09
From: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Some are calling Jorge Bonifacio a sleeper prospect entering the 2012 season, but Royals diehards are well aware of his enormous potential. Jorge is the brother of Major Leaguer Emilio Bonifacio and in two professional seasons as a teenager the early returns have been promising.

Bonifacio is an average defender with an above average arm. Despite a long swing, he has hit .290 as a professional. Last season he squared up Appalachian League pitchers 22% compared to the league average of 14%. Bonifacio's power is even more promising. Scouts say he has a special sound off the bat and his slugging percentage last year came in 100 points higher than the league average.

Bonifacio should open the season in Kane County. He's just one of a bevy a young outfield prospects.

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