|Born: October 3, 1990
Height: 5′ 10″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2008
How Acquired: Int. FA
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Sosa is a slightly built, very fast outfielder who resembles Juan Pierre physically. He did pretty well at getting on base at the lowest levels and he stole a lot of bases, although often not with very good efficiency, but he has no power at all.
Was the regular center fielder in the VSL and got on base at a decent rate, although walk rates trend high in that league. He ran a lot but had a low success rate.
Improved at the plate, including a high walk rate. He continued to get thrown out a lot on the bases. He was the regular in center again.
Had good debut in the GCL, Finishing 7th in the league in OBP and tied for second in steals, with a much-improved success rate. Sosa showed almost no power, but his plate discipline remained very good. He struggled with LHPs, hitting only .209 against them and .333 against RHPs. He played center more than anywhere else, but saw some time in the corners.
A little surprisingly, Sosa returned to the GCL at the start of the season and played only part-time. He moved up to State College when Carlos Mesa got hurt. He struggled at the plate at both levels and hit for almost no power, with three extra-base hits in 141 ABs. His one HR was inside-the-park. He divided his time between center and left in the GCL and among all three outfield positions in the NYPL. He didn’t steal as much, but continued to show a good eye.
Sosa played well in training camp and won a backup job at West Virginia despite the availability of seemingly more promising players like Taylor Lewis. Sosa did reasonably well there, showing good plate discipline and getting on base at a decent rate. He needs to improve his base stealing technique. He divided his time evenly between all three outfield spots. Sosa got a brief promotion to fill in at Bradenton in June.
Sosa will be at West Virginia as a backup outfielder in 2013.
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2012
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|2008: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.|