Yankees 2014 international signing class starts coming into view

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…Juan, From Leon

Juan Deleon is still in the GCL West, but that might change before I can finish typing this sentence. He struggled his first two seasons, batting just .226 most of 2015. That was enough, however, for the Yankees to promote Deleon to the GCL for 2016.

Deleon stepped to the plate just 33 times last year, which was probably good for his psyche, as he batted just .212/.308/.364.

This year has been a different story. He has posted a .321/.455/.472 line in his 53 AB’s. That is still not a lot of AB’s, but those numbers are augmented by his potential. He was ranked as high as second overall by some, although he is listed fifth here, with this as the bulk of his scouting report:

"There’s a belief that DeLeon might have the best all-around combination of tools and body among outfielders in this year’s class from the Dominican Republic. Evaluators often use words like “explosive” and “electric” to describe the outfielder’s skill set, and some view him as a potential five-tool player."

Now, it looks like he is starting to live up to the promise. Deleon will be promoted soon, and we will get a better look at him. That’s something we have already gotten with Freicer Perez, and it’s a good look.