Friday, January 29, 2021

2021 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #20 OF Johan Rojas

Signed for a measly bonus of $10,000 in 2018, outfielder Johan Rojas has begun to prove himself as a steal in his short professional career to date.

The righty hitting Dominican made a splash in the Dominican Summer League in 2018, recording an impressive .320 batting average with 12 doubles, four triples, a pair of home runs, 31 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 68 games.

The following year, Rojas made his United States debut, opening his campaign in the Gulf Coast League where he tallied a .920 OPS through 18 games before he was promoted to short-season Class A Williamsport.  With the Crosscutters, the six-foot-one 165-pounder posted a .244 average with a pair of homers, 11 RBI and 11 steals in 42 games.  Remarkably, he did most of that damage before his 19th birthday.

If you like raw power and considerable bat speed, Rojas is your guy.  He is touted as a hitter that makes hard contact and is praised for his hand-eye coordination.  He has a chance to develop into a formidable offensive threat as he progresses in the minor leagues.  

Primarily a center fielder to date in his professional career, Rojas has also gotten some game action in both left field as well as right field.  He's got exceptional range that plays nicely for him in center.

An energetic 20-year-old, Rojas stands out as one of the Phillies' most promising prospects.  It's possible to expect him to see time at the Class A Advanced level this year.

You can keep tabs on this year's Phillies prospects countdown by clicking on this link.

 

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