Wendell Rijo Salem Red Sox  Second Base


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Age: 20
Born: September 5, 1995
La Romana, DR
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (July 2012)
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Physical Description: Average build, with some physical projection. Needs to add strength.  

Hit: Generates plus bat speed with quick hands. Strong bat-to-ball skills. Potential solid-average hit tool. Unique pre-pitch setup with hands high and wide open stance. Long stride, but gets front leg down early. Solid weight transfer. Able to turn on the inside pitch. Slight uppercut swing path. Tracks pitches well. Solid pitch recognition, willing to take a walk.  

Power: Below-average present power with gap power potential. Can square up mistake pitches and drive them with backspin.  

Arm: Fringe-average arm strength, profiles best at second base.

Field: Inconsistent in the field, but average potential. Hands arenít great and choppy footwork. Prone to lazy mechanics and will tend to field balls off to the side that he has time to field in front. Coaches consistently get on him for poor fundamentals in the field.

Run: Plus speed. Took some time to come back after ACL tear, and looked slow while wearing a bulky knee brace in 2013. Can steal a base.  

Career Notes: Son of a scout. Originally signed as a shortstop. Tore his ACL prior to signing with the Red Sox in 2012, which likely drove down his signing bonus.  

Summation: Potential everyday regular. Bat-first profile at second base. Will need to hit, as defensive skill set doesnít profile anywhere else in the infield and bat doesnít play as well in an outfield corner. Needs to improve consistency and focus in the field. Advanced feel for the game. Solid instincts.

   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
  2013 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 49 170 28 46 15 0 0 20 61 22 29 15 5 0.271 0.368 0.359 0.727
  2013 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 17 3 14 1 5 1 1 0 0 8 0 3 0 1 0.357 0.357 0.571 0.929
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 111 409 56 104 27 6 9 46 170 56 103 16 6 0.254 0.348 0.416 0.764
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 19 108 404 47 105 27 2 6 47 154 34 94 15 7 0.260 0.324 0.381 0.705
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: WHEN-dull REE-hoe
First Pro Contract: July 6, 2012 by Victor Rodriguez, Jr.
Signing Bonus: $575,000
MiLB Debut: June 21, 2013 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2019
Rule 5 Draft Eligible:
December 2016
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2015):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
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