Jodaneli Carvajal Named Top International Prospect

Ben Badler from Baseball America recently posted what he considered the top 20 prospects who played in either the DSL or VSL in 2010. His only requirement was that the player had at least 100 plate appearances or 25 innings pitched. The article requires a subscription and can be viewed here.

Representing the Pittsburgh Pirates on the list was Jodaneli Carvajal. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a 16 year old in June of 2008 for $350 K which at the time was the second highest bonus for an International player in team history, trailing only Exicardo Cayonez who starred in the GCL this past season. At the time some scouts said that Jodaneli could be the best of the Pirates 2008 International signings, which besides Cayonez also included Yhonathan Barrios who signed for $250 K and made the GCL roster after just one season in the DSL.

Carvajal lacks size, listed at just 5′ 9″ 145 lbs, but he is a good line drive hitter who makes decent contact hitting from both sides of the plate. He will take his share of walks and has great speed which he will eventually be able to use to steal 30+ bases yearly in the future. He has great hands in the field and a strong arm with the ability to stay at SS.

In 2009 he played just 33 games in the DSL, mostly as a DH with seven games at 2B. He batted .259 and was a perfect 17-17 in stolen bases.

In 2010 he returned to the DSL playing a full season with most of his games spent at SS occasionally taking turns at 2B. He hit .304 with 26 walks and a team leading 23 stolen bases. His .766 OPS was good for third on the team and his 58 runs scored was the highest total among both the DSL and VSL.

He was invited to the Fall Instructional League in Bradenton following the 2010 season and he is currently in the minor league spring training camp, with the strong possibility he will open up the 2011 season in the GCL. A call up to State College at some point is also possible, likely late in the year if it happens.

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • eric

    I can’t find Carvajal on the minor league camp roster posted at BucsDugout. Can you confirm that he’s stateside now?

    • Anonymous

      Actually I’m glad you mentioned that. He was invited to the Instructional League which is ALMOST always a guarantee that the player will be in the GCL the next season, and the higher profile the player the more likely he will stay but I just saw the list and didn’t see him listed. That doesn’t mean he isnt there or won’t be in the states, those lists always have mistakes and omissions but as of right now he isn’t listed

      • eric

        Okay, thanks. I hope he makes it to the states sometime this year, at least.

        • Anonymous

          I would say there is a good chance he does otherwise I doubt he would be considered a top prospect when they picked just 29 players from 41 total teams. One possibility is the amount of middle infielders in camp now is very high so he could be at the Dominican Academy getting regular playing time and we will see him once the GCL season starts. He may start the year in the DSL since their season starts a month earlier.

  • Anonymous

    5’9″ 145 lb . Why waste the time and money.

    The Pirates have gotten away from 5’8″ pitchers that throw 84 to 89 junk to 6’4″215 lb power throwers but they just LOVE undersized Latin players who can’t hit a ripe tomato with a 2 by 4. I want Cal Ripkin at SS not a f#### smurf!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because he’s a whole one inch and fifteen pounds below Gene Alley’s playing height/weight, as a teenager. Obviously worthless.

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