28. Jesus Saldeno, RHP
B/T: R/R 2011 Age: 19 Ht: 6'0" Wt: 170
2010 (DOSL): 14 G, 10 GS, 60.2 IP, 2.67 ERA, 1.9 BB/9, 8.5 K/9, 0.3 HR/9
Going from an experienced college prospect to a raw teenager, number 28 on the list is Jesus Saldeno. Out of Venezuela, Saldeno was signed and made his pro debut at the age of 17 last season, where he shut down his opponents in the Dominican Summer League. He showed tremendous control and the ability to record strikeouts while keeping the ball in the park. At a 2.64 FIP, it was a great first showing for the young pitcher.
Of course, nothing is ever certain until he debuts stateside. Several DSL pitchers seem worthy of being on the prospect list due to great numbers, but the transition to the United States is where they make a name for themselves. As you will see at the conclusion of the prospect countdown, I have ranked Saldeno as the top prospect from this year's DSL class because of my belief that he will make the transition.
Saldeno has age (will more than likely make GCL debut at 18) on his side. He has the strikeout ability (57 strikeouts in 60.2 innings) needed to progress. He has the strong and live arm needed. As with most DSL prospects, he is coming stateside lean and will continue to grow, but his size does not show much advantage. We won't know more than this about Saldeno until he debuts in the GCL, but he is one to watch in 2011.
Three Things to Look For in 2011: 1) Stateside Debut 2) Strikeout Rate 3) Arm Strength
Destination in 2011: Rk GCL
Ceiling: 2011 Will Tell