Friday, November 12, 2004

Rogearvin Bernadina Report

Rogearvin Bernadina, CF, Montreal Expos
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, the Netherlands
Bats L/Throws L
20 YO, 6'0", 170 lbs

Montreal has an academy in the Netherlands, and Bernadina is one of the better fruits from that effort to this date. The small european country is improving as a source of potential major league talent. In addittion to Bernadina, the Expos also have 3B prospect Vince Rooi, and the Twins have pitcher Alex Smit. They're a powerhouse in european baseball, though that's not a particularly lofty ambition at this point.

Bernadina is a toolsy center fielder who is still learning how to hit. He's still young (when the season started he was still 19 and in his second season of full season baseball), and shows some good signs. He spent his second year in Savannah, hitting .240/.340/.371, but with 24 doubles, 7 triples, 7 home runs, 60 walks, 113 strikeouts, and 24 steals (only being caught twice) in 450 at bats. The walk rate is good, and the stolen base percentage is a nice indicator of speed and good head on his shoulders. He needs to make more contact, especially hard contact. The batting average and isolated slugging percentage are both sub-optimal. He's still very raw though, and he has a steep learning curve.

His defense earns rave reviews thanks to his speed. He'll probably start next season in the Florida State League, where he'll be one to watch.

ETA: 2008
3 Stars



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