Brainer Bonaci Salem Red Sox Shortstop

Age: 19
Born: July 9, 2002
Birthplace: Catia La Mar, Venezuela
Height: 5-10
Weight: 140
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(July 2018)
College: -
High School: -
ETA: Late 2025

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Brainer Bonaci photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: BRAIN-er boe-NAH-chee
First Pro Contract: July 9, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Manny Padron & Eddie Romero
Signing Bonus: $290,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
Instagram: @brainerbonaci9

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  Physical Description: Physically mature, but small frame. Athletic build and strong lower half. Has some remaining projection even after adding 40 pounds since signing.

Hit: Strong contact skills and feel at the plate for his age. Average bat speed, shows above-average barrel control. Swing is short and direct to the ball. Potential average hit tool at least.

Power: Average raw power. Sneaky power for his size and has shown the ability to drive the ball in the DSL. Projects for below-average in-game power.

Run: Below-average speed. Not a major part of his game. Plays faster than his speed grade due to athleticism and instincts.

Field: Average defensive profile. Fluid in the field. Hands work. Average range at present, but this could become an area of concern based on how he physically matures. Has primarily played shortstop early in his pro career, but has also seen time at third base.
  Arm: Plus arm. Plenty for the left side of the infield.

Career Notes:
Signed to a mid-range bonus on his 16th birthday in 2018. Has reportedly already drawn trade inquiries early in his career. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.

Intriguing player who scouts identified as one of the standout prospects at the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Not physically imposing, but has a blend of instincts and ability that stands out. Has feel for hit and at least an average defensive profile to go along with a plus arm. Will stick on the left side of the infield for now.

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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    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 17 61 229 34 64 14 2 3 37 91 23 40 18 10 0.279 0.356 0.397 0.754
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 19     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 19     stats                            
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