Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 180
Acquired: Signed for $350,000 out of Venezuela in 2016
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #24 – 2018 Midseason
- #28 – 2019 Midseason
Lenyn Sosa was signed for $350K out of Venezuela in 2016. It was a large signing class for the White Sox and Ben Badler of Baseball America noted that some evaluators thought Sosa was one of the best hitters to come out of Venezuela that year. Unlike most international amateurs that report to the Dominican Summer League, Sosa was tasked with the Low-Rookie affiliate in the AZL for the White Sox as a 17-year-old. The shortstop held his own there in 42 games. He posted a .688 OPS with 24 strikeouts and 14 walks on the year. Sosa is playing in the Pioneer League as an 18-year-old in his second season in the organization. His triple slash of .293/.317/.406 while playing all over the dirt for Great Falls is impressive for an 18-year-old.
Badler’s initial report on Sosa said that he possessed quick bat speed and hand eye coordination to boot. He was considered to be one of the best hitting shortstops in the 2016 international class. The infielder showed coordination, bat-to-ball skills and gap power. He has a simple, fluid swing that should allow him to hit for average. He’s a below-average runner and that causes some scouts to believe that he will eventually end up at 2B or 3B instead of SS. He does possess above-average or better hands and average arm strength however. Sosa has held is own as a young infielder in rookie ball. Local reports from Great Falls included one media quote saying he stood out as clearly the best athlete on the team. He should play full season ball next year with the Kannapolis Intimidators as a 19-year-old, though perhaps not right away in April.
Major League Outlook: Average starter at 2B; risky due to age, utility future more likely
ETA: 2022 or later
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