Darel Belen Salem Red Sox Outfield - First Base

Age: 22
Born: May 21, 2000
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Feb. 2019)
College: -
High School: -

Photo © Bryan Green  
Pronunciation: daryl bay-LEN 
First Pro Contract: February 4, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Manny Nanita & Rolando Pino
Signing Bonus: $35,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Instagram: @darel_belen

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Tall and strong frame with some physical projection remaining. Looks bigger than listed height and weight.

Hit: Slightly open stance. Starts with his bat level over his shoulder. Quiet upper body upon pitch approach. Prominent toe tap timing device. Swing is on the long side, but he has some feel. Needs to refine his approach and cut down on the swing-and-miss in his game. Potential well-below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Can impact the baseball and has loft in his swing. As he physically matures, could increase to plus-plus raw power. In-game power potential is closer to average due to questionable hit tool.

Run: Well-below-average speed. Not fast. Could get slower as he physically matures.

Field: Average defensive profile. Soft hands, not bad at first base. Below-average range for the outfield. Spent most of the 2019 season in right field, but also saw limited lime in left field, center field, and at first base. Played primarily first base at the 2020 Fall Instructional League.
  Arm: Potential plus arm. Accuracy needs some work, but has plenty of arm for right field. Had three outfield assists in 2019.

Career Notes: Signed a few months prior to his 19th birthday, late for an international signing. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.

Summation: Bat-first corner profile with a wide range of potential outcomes. High floor, low ceiling. If he can make contact and better tap into his huge raw power, he becomes more intriguing. Likely best suited for first base long-term, but has the arm to play right field as well, though his lack of foot speed could be an issue in the outfield.

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    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
2019 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 19 64 242 51 68 11 5 5 39 104 29 53 14 5 0.281 0.370 0.430 0.800
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 25 77 11 16 6 0 0 8 22 15 34 4 2 0.208 0.347 0.286 0.633
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 21 8 19 4 3 0 0 1 2 6 5 12 0 0 0.158 0.333 0.316 0.649
    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 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 22     stats                            
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