I rarely profile players in the rookie leagues, mostly because they're so far away from the majors that any sort of projections are just wild guesses. There are some exceptions, such as guys like Luis Heredia, or maybe even big bonus guys like Willy Garcia. Even then, nothing is guaranteed. There has been one player in the Dominican Summer League this year that has caught my eye: Raul Fortunato.
It was hard to miss Fortunato. He's a leadoff hitter, so he's normally right at the top of the list. For awhile, I noticed him getting a hit in almost every game. Then, earlier this week, I noticed that he had a small hitting streak going. After some research, I found that he wasn't just getting a hit in almost every game. He was getting a hit in EVERY game. Fortunato, after going 2-for...
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