10 Players to Watch in the Florida Complex League – College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

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Phillies SS Starlyn Caba (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Change is coming to the complex leagues. Instead of their traditional summer start dates, both the Arizona and Florida Complex Leagues will begin their seasons on May 4th. The final regular-season game for both counties will be July 26, just days before the MLB trade deadline.

The reasons for the promotion were listed by JJ Cooper in February. Traditionally, these leagues are where current year draftees take their first steps, but that likely won't be the case in 2024 unless a player signs exceptionally quickly after the draft ends on July 16.

Instead, the leagues will be filled with players from last year's draft who didn't make it into the season and international players who spent their first professional season in the Dominican Summer League.

Here are 10 players to keep an eye on in the Florida Complex League.

Caba was one of Philadelphia's most high-profile signings in the international phase, which began on January 15, 2023. Despite an early exit due to left elbow surgery, Caba's professional debut in the DSL was everything he and the Phillies could have imagined. The 18-year-old showed dazzling defense that could one day become a true 80-degree tool, as well as outstanding bat-handling skills. His strength may never be better than below average, but everything else on Caba's card is rated above average or better.

Andres Valor, OF, Marlins

Valor was one of the stars of Miami's DSL team. He also piqued the interest of reviewers during the Spring Breakout. The talented teenager showed both speed and power in his first professional season, manifested in 21 stolen bases and maximum exit velocities of approximately 108 mph. Both lithe and athletic, Valor has a chance to stay in the midfield depending on how his body grows as he matures. When he moves to a corner, both his bat and arm profile in right field.

Brando Mayea, OF, Yankees

Mayea was New York's top signing in the international period that began January 15, 2023. He opened his career with a strong performance in the DSL. Mayea's appeal comes from a strong set of tools across the board, led by potentially dual speed, which should help him stay in the midfield as he gets older and add strength to his body. He has plenty of contact skills and growing strength, but he needs to get more balls in the air to make the most of his offensive advantages.

Brailer Guerrero, OF, Rays

Guerrero's breakout season was expected to come in 2023, but he lasted just seven games before suffering an injury that required season-ending shoulder surgery. In a limited professional and amateur roster, Guerrero has combined great influence with sound decisions in a package that should make him a fearsome offensive force in Port Charlotte this summer. Most of his value comes from his bat, which should one day produce the kind of plus power that would support a role in right field.

Eduardo Tait, C, Phillies

Along with Starlyn Caba, Tait was one of the standouts in the Phillies' 2023 Dominican Summer League group. Tait was a more skilled signing and performed well throughout the season despite being one of the league's younger players – he didn't turn 17 until the playoffs. If he reaches his peak, Tait could be a good midfielder thanks to a combination of hitting and power tools that are potentially average and plus, respectively. He has a chance to stay behind the plate, but he still needs to put in a lot of polish to achieve that goal. Luckily, he also has a lot of time on his side.

None Delgado, 2B, Pirates

The newest Pirates recruit arrived in Pittsburgh on April 30 as a player to be named later in the deal that sent JT Brubaker to New York. Delgado was part of a high-profile FCL Yankees club and earned praise from scouts for his ability to do a little bit of everything while always being one of the smartest players on the diamond. He's a versatile defender who creates a lot of contact but could also add strength to make an impact.

Jeremy Rodriguez, SS, Mets

Rodriguez, the second trade product on this list, came from the D-Backs to the Mets in the deal that sent Tommy Pham to Arizona. The infielder has many strengths in his favor, including sound swing decisions, high bat speed and a high contact rate. However, he didn't have much power behind his contact and needs to strengthen his body to up the ante in the batter's box. This will be paramount considering he will likely move to second base as he gets older.

Joshua Liranzo, 3B, Orioles

It's no secret that Baltimore's system is loaded with prospects, especially at the upper levels. However, Liranzo might be a little under the radar. The younger brother of Dodgers prospect Thayron Liranzo stands out for his excellent defense at third base, his feel for the game and his high baseball IQ. With six doubles and five home runs, he also showed strong potential in the DSL last season. Liranzo's approach takes work, but he has the advantages of a third baseman with skills on both sides of the ball.

Dameury Pena, 2B, Twins

Pena absolutely made a name for himself in the DSL in 2023, finishing with a .382/.453/.496 line over the course of 39 games. He narrowly managed to qualify for the league's batting rankings, but otherwise would have finished second. Evaluators saw a manipulable swing that helped him generate tons of contact and very few whiffs. His hitting may never be better than below average, but if he reaches his ceiling as a plus hitter, that will be enough. Pena needs a lot of work defensively as his reach and hands aren't where they need to be yet. With further development, he could be a bat-first second baseman.

Yoeilin Cespedes, SS, Red Sox

After just one season, Cespedes is already one of Boston's top 10 prospects. It's enough for a player to hit .346/.392/.560 with 15 doubles and six home runs. Cespedes is an extremely talented young player who showed both touch and influence in the DSL in 2023. Both his hitting and his power tools project were above average. The right-hander is now a shortstop but should slide to either second or third base as his body matures and strengthens. No matter where he lands on the diamond, Cespedes has the tools to make a big impact in the batter's box.

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