Tyler Saladino

Tyler SaladinoPosition: SS
Born: 7/20/89
Ht: 6'0" Wt: 185
Acquired: Drafted 7th Round in 2010 from Oral Roberts
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #20 - 2010 Postseason
  • #T-8 - 2011 Midseason
  • #4 - 2012 Preseason
  • #17 - 2012 Midseason
  • #14 - 2013 Preseason

Accolades

  • 2011 AFL appearance
  • 2013 White Sox Best Strike Zone Discipline (Baseball America)

Scouting report

Saladino spent just one year at Oral Roberts, but he ripped apart Summit League pitching to the tune of .381/.472/.678 with 17 home runs, 16 doubles and 16 stolen bases. Tools-wise scouts don't seem to love him, but those numbers made him an interesting prospect in the seventh round. The power wasn't expected to translate as a pro, and it appeared it didn't with just three homers in 2010 after getting drafted, but Saladino was a big power threat in Winston-Salem in 2011 despite suffering a wrist injury in spring training that kept him out for the first month of the season. He blasted 16 homers and 51 extra base hits in the hitter friendly home of the Dash. He has plus speed and walks a good amount, making him a potentially solid No. 2 type hitter if he can improve on his contact rate. Saladino struck out 107 times in 2012 and his power dropped both in AA Birmingham's big ballpark and on the road (even though his contact and walk rates improved). A guy with Saladino's offensive profile could handle a move to second or maybe third, but his speed and a strong arm make him a competent shortstop (though there are mixed reports on his overall defense there). The White Sox don't have a lot of talent in the middle infield so Saladino will have opportunities to push up the system, but he has yet to show the ability to hit in the high minors with two years of a sub .700 OPS in AA.

Major League Outlook: Utility infielder
ETA: 2015

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