Ceddanne Rafaela Portland Sea Dogs Center Field/Shortstop

       
 
Age: 22
Born: September 18, 2000
Birthplace: Willemstad, Curaçao
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(July 2017)
ETA: Late 2023

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Ceddanne Rafaela photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: say-DAHN raff-aye-ELL-uh
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Dennis Neuman, Rolando Pino, & Todd Claus
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: November 15, 2022
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): League Minimum
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @ceddanner

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Small, athletic. Very twitchy. Has grown since he entered the organization, but still is relatively slight of frame. Does not have a frame to add significant weight, but is sneaky strong for his size.

Hit: Starts slightly open and utilizes a short, leg lift timing device. Stance, load, and swing are visually reminiscent of Mookie Betts. Gets his foot down and gets through with his hands. Quick hands, plus bat speed. Good bat control and contact skills. Aggressive approach that needs considerable refinement. Does not walk much and expands the strike zone often, but has the bat control to put the ball in play, leading to a lot of weak contact on pitches outside the zone rather than the strikeouts that might otherwise result from a similar approach. Will expand the zone particularly often against breaking balls. How his approach develops will determine where his hit tool ends up. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Produces average exit velocities. Will show above-average power in batting practice to all fields. In-game power is more noticeable to the pull side. Potential average in-game power.

Run: Plus speed. Speed plays both on the bases and in the field. Needs to improve baserunning instincts.

Field: Versatile, standout defender. Has shown the potential to be a plus defender all around the diamond. Best position is center field, but organization has also continued to get him reps at shortstop. In the outfield, has really good instincts. Takes really efficient routes and has plus-plus range. Routinely makes highlight reel plays. After exclusively playing the infield in 2018 and 2019, he began playing the outfield in 2021 and immediately showed plus defensive ability there. Named farm system's 2021 and 2022 Defensive Player of the Year.
  Arm: Plus arm. Quick release. Throws have good carry.

Career Notes:
Played in the Little League World Series for Curacao in 2012. Was scouted by former Red Sox pitching prospect Dennis Neuman. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Named to the 2022 MLB Futures Game. Finished the 2022 season ranked as a top 100 prospect by some outlets. Was named SoxProspects.com Player of the Year in 2022. Worked out with Team Netherlands at its Kingdom Series in November 2022, signaling that he may be considered for the team at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Added to the 40-man roster in November 2022 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Participated in 2023 Rookie Development Program. Entered 2023 as a consensus top 100 prospect.

Summation: Potential bench utility player. Ceiling of an everyday regular who adds considerable value on defense and also contributes some at the plate. Defensive ability and versatility and speed give him a high floor. Could be a plus defender at every position except catcher and first base. Bat lags behind, but has improved considerably in 2022. Approach is what holds him back now and will determine his ultimate value at the plate. Needs to cut down on chasing pitches out of the zone and improve swing decisions and quality of contact.

Links
State of the System 2020: Middle Infielders (4.29.2020)
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)
Notes from the Field (5.15.2022)
Scouting the Box Score: The Rise of Ceddanne Rafaela (6.13.2022)
 
   
     
    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
2018 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 54 203 31 55 9 2 3 28 77 14 39 19 7 0.271 0.326 0.379 0.705
  2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 41 153 30 38 1 4 6 17 65 14 28 9 2 0.248 0.329 0.425 0.754
  2019 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 18 3 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0.182 0.167 0.182 0.348
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 20 102 394 73 99 20 9 10 53 167 25 79 23 3 0.251 0.305 0.424 0.729
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21 45 197 37 65 17 4 9 36 117 10 51 14 2 0.330 0.368 0.594 0.962
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21 71 284 45 79 15 6 12 50 142 16 62 14 5 0.278 0.330 0.500 0.830
  2022 Criollos de Caguas LBPRC Wint --- 21 19 65 10 17 4 0 1 8 24 9 16 5 2 0.262 0.368 0.369 0.738
  2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 22     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (July 2018)
2018 Dominican Summer League All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (July 2021)
2021 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
South Atlantic League Player of the Week (April 11-17, 2022)
2022 Futures Game All-Star
2022 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 11-17, 2022)
2022 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2022 SoxProspects.com Player of the Year
2022 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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