Future Stars Series Event Recap: Dominican Republic

The international calendar for the New Balance Baseball Future Stars series kicked off in grand fashion this past weekend, when the scouting staff made the trip to the Dominican Republic for a three-day event in La Romana.

In front of decades of big-league experience in scouts Rick Arnold and Gordon Blakeley, some of the top amateur talent in the country was on hand to try to make their name, and both on and off the field, things couldn’t have gone more smoothly.

“We couldn’t be happier,” said Future Stars Series president and CEO, Jeremy Booth.

“From a baseball standpoint, there were some players here that really impressed, and I think you’ll see quite a few take the next step with us.  There was at least $20 million on that field in bonuses when big-league teams are able to sign some of these guys, and that’s on the conservative side.  But the hospitality down here was excellent, and we’re grateful that everyone here welcomed us with open arms.  Huge thanks to La Romana, their stadium, the government, and the military for the hospitality. We’re excited to see what the future holds for more events in the Dominican.”

As the first step towards participating in the prestigious Caribbean Classic, the event featured multiple games, but also extensive athletic testing, with the top performers being listed below:

60-Yard Dash:

17, Yoerny Junco, 6.37

21, Raimen Jimenez, 6.69

17, Odisell Perez, 6.77

15, Sebastian Del Valle, 6.78

17, Vladimir Titus, 6.82

19, Jake Trinidad, 6.84

15, Yariell Almanzar, 6.87

16, Favio Batista, 6.87

16, Mervin Rodriguez, 6.87

19, Lenny Sanchez, 6.87

16, Anthony Rodriguez, 6.88

19, Andy Taboada, 6.88

15, Yeraldo Valerio, 6.89

16, Jelson Coca, 6.89

18, Oreste Collado, 6.9

17, Fransisco Reyes, 6.91

17, Julian Adevris Santana, 6.91

15, Emmanuel Disla, 6.93

15, Wander DeJesus, 6.93

19, Engel Pinales, 6.93

15, Yordany Martinez, 6.94

Pro Agility:

16, Hector Sanchez, 4.25

19, Andy Taboada, 4.44

17, Yoerny Junco, 4.53

15, Yordany Martinez, 4.54

14, Warren Calcano, 4.56

17, Darlin Tapia, 4.56

20, Sinclair Pimental Torres, 4.57

17, Julian Adevris Santana, 4.60

14, Yoharlin Contreras, 4.63

16, Wander DeJesus, 4.65

16, Dayan Tapia, 4.65

16, Isaac Willimore, 4.66

17, Valdimir Titus, 4.68

Broad Jump:

14, Yoharlin Contreras, 9’6

15, Daniel Encarnacion, 9’4

15, Yeraldo Valerio, 9’3

20, Sinclair Pimental Torres, 9’3

16, Mervin Rodriguez, 9’2

15, Yordany Martinez, 9’1

21, Raimen Jiminez, 9’1

15, Yariell Almanzar, 9’0

15, Antony Fritas, 9’0

17, Yoerny Junco, 9’0

18, Oreste Collado, 9’0

19, Luiben Gallo Garcia, 9’0

20, Luis Arias, 9’0

Triple Jump:

14, Yoharlin Contreras, 28’7

20, Sinclair Pimental Torres, 28’1

15, Daniel Encarnacion, 28’0

15, Yariell Almanzar, 28’0

19, Engel Pinales, 28’0

20, Luis Arias, 28’0

16, Mervin Rodriguez, 27’11

17, Yoerny Junco, 27’10

16, Brandy Noboa, 27’9

18, Oreste Collado, 27’7

19, Andy Taboada, 27’4

21, Raimen Jiminez, 27’0

In addition, the Future Stars Series social media team was on hand, namely Chase Denton, providing coverage — as well as quality video, something that’s often lacking at some international events — that’s helping players get seen in a way that’s valuable to the decision makers who rely upon both the video and data that only the Future Stars Series can provide.

Mike Ashmore

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