Tyler Saladino

Photo from Charlotte Knights' blog

Photo from Charlotte Knights' blog

Position: 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
  • #23 - 2014 Midseason
  • #16 - 2015 Preseason
  • #13 - 2015 Midseason

FutureSox Media


  • 2011 AFL appearance
  • 2013 White Sox Best Strike Zone Discipline (Baseball America)
  • 2014 International League All Star

Scouting report

Tools-wise scouts didn't seem to love Saladino out of college despite big numbers at Oral Roberts. 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. 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). 2013 saw him struggle again in AA despite repeating the level, and he'd nearly dropped off the prospect radar. Then in 2014, despite his struggles, he was promoted to AAA and had his best year as a pro (.310/.367/.483, 9 HR in 325 PA), until a torn UCL ended his comeback season. Here in 2015, Saladino missed some time on and off early as he recovered from missing time due to TJ surgery, but he then started barreling it up more regularly and was promoted to Chicago where he's looked quite comfortable in his MLB debut.

Saladino has above average speed and walks a good amount, making him a potentially solid lineup presence if he can maintain his decent contact rates in the majors. The power won't be a huge factor for him going forward, but he's got enough pop to hit 10-15 HR a year. Contact rates were an issue early on, but he's been in decent territory the past couple seasons in terms of K-rate. His swing doesn't have a ton of leverage, but the hands are quick and we've seen him turn on fastballs without a problem. Good or bad, the swing has some similarity to Gordon Beckham's, though with less of the hand/load noise. Defensively, GM Rick Hahn once commented that he's the best defensive shortstop in the system aside from glove wiz Cleuluis Rondon, and he has the arm and hands to play any of the skill infield positions (and he's played mostly 3B in the majors thus far). He's played all around the horn, along with left field and even first base in the past couple years. Saladino is a good bet to be at least a decent utility infielder, and there's the outside chance he could be a starter if everything comes together.

Major League Outlook: Utility infielder, possible starter ceiling
ETA: 2015-2016

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