“I never really imagined that there would be so many good reports of mine, and I did not imagine that I would get that much attention like that,” that was Cleveland Indians shortstop prospect Brayan Rocchio‘s reply when being asked about his stock rising.
Let’s face it — his stock is on the rise and rightfully so.
At 17, he signed as an international free agent with the Indians for roughly $125K on July 2, 2017.
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) June 24, 2017
Shortly after, he was sent to the Dominican Summer League, where he slashed .323/.391/.434 across 25 games. He also hit a homer and drove in 12 before being sent to the Arizona League (AZL Indians 2), where he slashed .343/.389/.448 with a homer and 17 RBI.
According to a source with knowledge of Rocchio, stated that they believe he will be a big league star in the near future. The source also went on to say that Rocchio was considered by many as the best hitter in AZL once promoted for the second half of the season in the league. Again, he did it all at age 17.
Rocchio is now 18, but his ceiling is just as high as another 17 year old, Tampa Bay Rays phenom Wander Franco. When speaking to the source, that person mentioned that Rocchio could be a top 100 prospect next year if repeated success. He’s definitely on scouts and other organizations radars.
Rocchio should start in Short-Season ball at Mahoning Valley, but if he does well there don’t be surprised to see him get promoted to Class A Lake County.
If you like players who are both patient and aggressive at the plate, then you will like the way Rocchio takes his cuts.
Impressive 2017 International signing out of Venezuela video of 17yr old (SS) Brayan Rocchio with his first Arizona Rookie League HR for the AZL Indians (2) squad. #Indians #Future pic.twitter.com/88f1BjrY2a
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) July 30, 2018
Video of #Indians 2017 International signing 5’10 150lbs 16yr old INF Brayan Rocchio out of Caracas, Venezuela during instructional league play. Rocchio another good talent in deep group of signings this year. pic.twitter.com/jYGPuIA3EZ
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) December 12, 2017
Slow motion breakdown of #Indians switch hitting INF prospect 17yr old Brayan Rocchio from the right side of the plate. Rocchio was tremendous raising his stock in his 1st pro-season between the DSL & AZL Indians.
107-242 40R 12(2B) 4(3B) 2HR 29RBI 15BB 22SB .335 AVG .390 OBP pic.twitter.com/CCIoDPGK6P
— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) November 8, 2018
For any player who dons the uniform for their big league club, the main goal is to eventually make it to the majors. While that is Rocchio’s goal, he likes how the organization lets him just play the game. “I like that organization because they support me and give me the confidence to do my job, my way. That makes me feel comfortable,” he said.
But for this Venezuelan, his humble spirit is what brought him to this point in his life. So, when asked what is the one thing he wants people to know about you that they probably don’t know, his response was gold. “I am a boy who left Venezuela to look for a future, that is what I am doing right now and that I still have to travel and learn,” Rocchio said.
After all is said and done, Brayan Rocchio is a name baseball fans don’t want to forget.