Roldani Baldwin Portland Sea Dogs Catcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: March 16, 1996
Birthplace: Puerto Plata, DR
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Nov. 2013)
   

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Roldani Baldwin photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: Role-dahn-ee
First Pro Contract: November 8, 2013 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Manny Nanita
Signing Bonus: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: May 31, 2014 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @RoldaniBaldwin
Instagram: -

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Athletic frame for a catcher. Thick lower half. Has filled out considerably since signing. On the shorter side; looks his listed height and weight.

Hit: Starts square in a slight crouch. Quiet pre-pitch. Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Uppercut swing. Quick wrists; has some bat speed. Doesn't get cheated. Makes hard contact when he gets the bat on the ball. Can drive a fastball, especially when it is elevated. Below-average plate discipline; lacks patience and will swing at some bad pitches, especially breaking balls in the dirt, which he seems to struggle to recognize. Aggressive approach that could be exposed against more advanced pitching. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Above-average raw power. Heavy pull-side hitter. Swing has lift; can really drive the ball with backspin when he squares it up. How power actualizes will depend on hit tool development. Potential for fringe-average game power.

Run: Decent speed for a catcher, but will not be part of his game.

Defense: Still a very rough receiver. Has the tendency to stab at the ball and end up in poor position with his glove. Doesn’t manipulate his body well to block balls in the dirt and keep them at his feet. Potential below-average defensive profile.

Arm: Above-average arm strength. Struggles with accuracy at times, but has gotten quicker with his release. Pop times to second base are now around 1.95 seconds, down almost a tenth of a second from prior years.
  Career Notes: Played more third base than catcher early in his career, but moved to catcher full-time in 2017. Has struggled with injuries throughout his career. Had three stints on the IL in 2016 and another four in 2018, including one for a concussion. In 2019, suffered a shin/ankle fracture in spring training, causing him to miss nearly the entire season save for a rehab assignment in the low minors very late in the year. Received a somewhat surprising non-roster invitation to major league spring training in 2020, but was not added to the Club Player Pool after the organization acquired other high-minors catchers in early 2020 trades. Participated in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020 Fall Instructional Leagues. Re-signed with organization prior to becoming a minor league free agent in 2020. Invited to major league spring training in 2021. Played for the Dominican Republic in the final 2021 Olympic Qualifier and 2021 Olympics, winning a bronze medal.

Summation: Projects as high minors organizational depth. Will struggle against more advanced pitching and doesn’t have the defensive ability to carry him if he does. Once an intriguing sleeper prospect behind the plate, loss of development time due to injuries has hampered his development significantly. Needs to make significant strides on defense, improve his patience at the plate, and show that he can make contact against advanced pitching in order to succeed in the high minors.

Links
State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)
Scouting Report Update (5,13.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.19.20)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2014 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 65 242 36 65 10 3 4 42 93 27 41 3 1 0.269 0.357 0.384 0.742
  2015 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 47 156 18 45 8 0 3 25 62 14 19 1 1 0.288 0.362 0.397 0.760
  2015 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 3 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0.286 0.286 0.429 0.714
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 20 25 95 10 29 8 1 1 14 42 6 21 0 0 0.305 0.365 0.442 0.807
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 61 225 26 56 12 0 3 23 77 9 57 1 1 0.249 0.284 0.342 0.626
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 95 368 45  101 35 1 14 66 180 19 73 1 0 0.274 0.310 0.489 0.800
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 53 202 31 47 7 0 7 27 75 10 44 2 0 0.233 0.282 0.371 0.653
  2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 23 5 14 2 6 0 0 1 3 9 2 4 0 0 0.429 0.500 0.643 1.143
2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 23 3 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 0 0.222 0.333 0.222 0.556
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Dominican Republic OQ Int'l --- 25 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0.333 0.500 0.667 1.167
  2021 Dominican Republic Oly Int'l --- 25 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 25 45 149 18 36 8 1 4 18 58 13 61 1 0 0.242 0.321 0.389 0.711
  2021 Worcester TAE AAA Bos 25                                  
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2022 TBD --- --- Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  South Atlantic League All-Star (2017)
South Atlantic League Season-End All-Star (2017)
Carolina League All-Star (2018)
  2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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