Ceddanne Rafaela Portland Sea Dogs Center Field/Shortstop

Age: 21
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: 2024

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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: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
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 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. Makes a lot of weak contact as a result of his bat control and aggressive approach, making contact on bad pitches but of poor quality. Will expand the zone often against breaking balls. How his approach develops will determine where his hit tool ends up.Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Sneaky raw power. 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 the potential to be a plus defender at second, short, third, and in the outfield, but best position is center field. In the outfield, has really good instincts. Takes really good routes and has plus range. Played primarily third base in 2018, but also saw time at shortstop. In 2019, split time evenly between second, third, and short. In 2021, became a true utility player, also playing the outfield, showing the ability to play a plus center field. Named farm system's 2021 Defensive Player of the Year.
  Arm: Plus arm. Quick release and arm shows good carry.

Career Notes: Played in the Little League World Series for CuraƧao in 2012. Scouted by former Red Sox pitching prospect Dennis Neuman. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

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.

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 Sopx 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 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 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21     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
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 11-17, 2022)

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