Saturday, November 16, 2013

Player's Ink: Victor Caratini



2013 Panini Prisz Draft Picks Red Auto Victor Caratini #45 (23/100)

 Caratini, the Braves 2nd Round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 draft, was ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Rookie-level Appalachian League for the 2013 season. As a third baseman /catcher, he led his Miami Dade juco team to the Florida state junior-college tournament before going pro. And while Victor played third base exclusively in Danville, the Braves did work him from behind the plate in fall instructional league- seeking to take advantage of his plus arm strength. Also playing into that decision was the fact that he exhibited limitations in the infield (lack of agility and quickness) which made such a move much easier for the organization. 

 Signature Skills: Hitting and more hitting
Advanced hitter with a line-drive swing, which could eventually develop more power. He only hit one home-run in his professional debut at Danville, but did finish with 23 doubles in only 200 at-bats. He also showed an excellent understanding of the strike zone, as he had 39 walks to go with 49 strikeouts. Switch hitter, who can drive the ball the opposite way. Caratini was a monster at the plate for the first three quarters of the summer- as it seemed he was getting a hit or two every game before finally cooling off the last couple of weeks of the season. Should he develop as a catcher, he could very well be an A.J. Pierzynski-type of hitting catcher.

Red Shiny
I picked this card up for $2.25, plus $2s/h, off of eBay. Prior to winning the auction I had been outbid on a different auto of his, which was an unnumbered version. I usually try to wait until at least a players second or third professional season before picking up an auto, but with the price being so low- as well as how well Victor hit for the first three quarters of the summer- it was a no-brainer for me. 

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