Johnfrank Salazar Salem Red Sox Infield

       
 
Age: 19
Born: August 5, 2003
Birthplace: Barcelona, VZ
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (Aug. 2019)
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: August 5, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Wilder Lobo, Alex Requena & Rolando Pino
Signing Bonus: $400,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2026
   
Pro Debut: July 12, 2021 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @johnfranksalazar02

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall, projectable frame. Very thin at present, needs to add significant strength.

Hit: Starts square and in a slight crouch. Short, leg lift timing device. Rhythmic swing. Smooth, direct to the ball. Keeps the bat in the zone a long time and rarely misses pitches in the zone. Needs to improve his pitch recognition and quality of contact. Gets caught out in front too easily by secondary pitches and because he makes so much contact on pitches in the zone, has the tendency to get himself out.

Power: Minimal power at present. Produces below-average exit velocities. Needs to add strength to his frame.

Run: Below-average speed, not a major part of his game.

Field: Played all three infield spots in 2022. Would have worked out catcher at the 2022 Fall Performance Program had it not been cancelled. May or may not see time there in 2023. Smart player with solid defensive instincts that the Red Sox think is capable of fielding multiple positions.
  Arm: Plus arm.

Career Notes: Reportedly referred to as “El Capitán” by teammates for his leadership. Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Intriguing player with some solid characteristics at the plate and in the field. Needs to physically mature in order to be able to handle more advanced pitching, but defensive profile gives him a higher-than-usual floor for someone his age.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

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State of the System 2020: Noteworthy Extras (5.26.2020)
 
   
     
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  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 17 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 50 167 27 45 8 1 2 22 61 16 21 5 2 0.269 0.353 0.365 0.718
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 19 32 101 21 33 8 2 0 16 45 17 9 3 0 0.327 0.434 0.446 0.880
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 19 19 74 9 19 3 1 0 8 24 5 17 0 0 0.257 0.313 0.324 0.637
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 20     stats                            
   
     
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