Micker Adolfo

Micker Adolfo, Winston-Salem Dash, 2018 (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Micker Adolfo, Winston-Salem Dash, 2018 (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Position: OF
Born: 9/11/96
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 225 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Dominican Republic in 2013
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #17 - 2014 Preseason
  • #12 - 2014 Midseason
  • #10 - 2015 Preseason
  • #8 - 2015 Midseason
  • #10 - 2016 Preseason
  • #9 - 2016 Midseason
  • #21 - 2017 Preseason
  • #10 - 2018 Preseason
  • #9 - 2018 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • Best outfield arm in the White Sox system, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #12 Prospect in the South Atlantic League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best outfield arm in the White Sox system, 2018 pre-season (Baseball America)
  • #5 Prospect in the Carolina League, 2018 post-season (Baseball America)

Scouting report

When he signed for team record $1.6 million, Adolfo generated a lot of buzz, as he was one of the top international prospects in that year's class (#2 per MLB.com, #9 per Baseball America). Adolfo was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and speaks fluent English so his transition to playing ball and living in the U.S. shouldn't be as steep as it is with many foreign players (see our interviews with him, linked above). He moved to the Dominican Republic at age 14, making him eligible for the international signing period. Adolfo made his professional debut with the AZL club in 2014 at a very raw age 17, posting a .659 OPS with some power (5 HR in 198 PA) but also striking out in 42.8% of his plate appearances. Repeating the level in 2015 he improved his hitting (AVG up 40 points, OBP up 50, K/PA to 26.9%) in 22 games but then broke his leg on a slide into home plate and missed the rest of the season. In 2016, Adolfo opened with Class A Kannapolis despite being just 19 years old. He played 15 games before going down with an injury (fractured hook of hamate bone), rehabbed briefly in AZL, then returned to Kanny in late June. Post-injury he hit .228/.281/.371 wtih a 32.6% K/PA rate, though he did finish stronger (.260/.308/.430, 26.9% K/PA in his last 26 games). 2017 saw Adolfo finally have the on-field break-out that many had been waiting for, improving statistically (.264/.331/.453 w/ 16 HR), playing a basically full season (112 games), and looking much more mature and selective at the plate (see our in-person 2017 report above). 2018 had Adolfo taking yet another big leap forward offensively, putting up a handsome .283/.368/.466 line with Winston-Salem, but a pinhole UCL tear forced his season to end in July as he went down for Tommy John surgery. He's expected to return around May of next season.

Adolfo is a very good athlete with the ability to play a solid right field with a good arm, but his best tool is his power. He has big time raw power and it is starting to show in games. He's got significant leverage in his swing, and the head gets around fast, but the swing is long and he's not consistent in mechanics. This past year he's gotten much better at using all fields and working counts, directly related to his breakout statistical performance. Foot speed is above average. Defensively, while the arm is good, he's a work in progress on routes. There's a ton of potential here, and while the ceiling is quite high, the floor is still very low at this point. The hit tool will likely be the determining factor. The string of injuries cause some worry, but those are greatly offset by the big leaps in development the past two seasons. When he does return in 2019, expect Adolfo to hit AA at some point during the season, if not straight away.

Major League Outlook: Power-hitting right fielder
ETA: 2020

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