Yosmer Solorzano

Yosmer Solorzano delivers a pitch in AZL play (Kim Contreras / Future Sox)

Position: RHP
Born: 2/11/97
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 181
Acquired: Signed as International amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2014 for $100,000
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #19 - 2016 Preseason
  • #21 - 2016 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • Pioneer League All Star, Postseason 2016

Scouting report
Yosmer Solorzano was signed in late 2014 for $100k as a nearly-18-year-old, which is a year or two older than is typical for higher bonus prospects. Baseball America reported a velocity jump to the low 90's and some physical development that brought him attention as a relatively late bloomer. Skipping DSL ball entirely, the right-hander made his pro debut in the AZL at age 18 and acquitted himself well for someone making that leap: a 3.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP with 16 walks and 43 punch-outs in 62.2 innings as a starter. In 2016, he was kept in extended Spring Training to protect his arm given his development curve (that per a White Sox official), and was then assigned to rookie-level Great Falls for his age 19 season. There he posted decent core numbers (i.e. a 4.11 ERA) and strong peripherals (2.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9, 55% GB rate) in a hitter-friendly league. 2017 saw him hit full season ball for the first time and it didn't go terribly well: 6.28 ERA, 11.0 H/9, 3.9 BB/9, 6/9 K/9 in 24 starts (23 with Kannapolis, 1 with Winston-Salem).

Solorzano is a ground ball monster, generating a GO/AO rate around 2.00 for his pro career thus far. His fastball has heavy sink, and he has both 4S and 2S offerings, though both appear heavy. Velocity ranged from upper 80's to 92, more often at the lower end of the range in rookie ball, though at his age he could improve that going forward. His leg kick and physical build have drawn body and form comps to Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. The delivery is pretty low effort, and he's got a calm demeanor on the mound. A local analyst gave him high marks for pitchability. The velo is low enough as a pro that it's a concern (at least for now) and his offspeed stuff still hasn't matured. Going into his age 21 season he'll need to prove he can get guys out in A-ball and show a bit more velo, likely in Winston-Salem's rotation (but he could be back in Kanny) to start 2018.

Major League Outlook: Back end starter
ETA: 2021

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