|Born: February 9, 1991
Height: 5′ 11″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2008
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Aponte is a slightly built infielder who’s split his time between all four positions. He spent three years in the VSL and has been used as a utility player since he got to the US, so he’s probably going to be an organizational player at the lower levels. He’s a solid defensive player with good range. Baseball Reference continues to show Aponte’s first name as Carlos, although they did finally correct a misspelling of his last name.
Played second and didn’t do much at the plate except for drawing a lot of walks.
Didn’t play much in his second VSL season; I’m not sure whether it was due to injury. When he played it was mainly at second.
Hit for average and drew a ton of walks while splitting his time among the four infield positions. As in previous years, he showed little power. He stole a lot of bases for the first time, with a very good success rate.
Served as a utility player in the GCL, not playing a great deal at first. After Yonathan Barrios got hurt and Ashley Ponce was promoted, he played semi-regularly, splitting his time between second and third. He continued to walk a lot and hit for very little power, and did well stealing bases again.
Aponte replaced Jodaneli Carvajal at West Virginia in May and served as a utility player there the rest of the year, except for a cameo at State College when the Spikes needed a player. He didn’t hit much and his walk rate dropped, which isn’t surprising, as higher level pitchers won’t be hesitant to challenge a hitter with no power. The Power used him about equally at second, short and third. He played about 40% of his games in left when the team had some injuries, and he made two appearances in center.
Aponte doesn’t bring any offense to the table, but he and Ashley Ponce helped solidify the defense on a young West Virginia team that struggled badly to prevent runs in the first half of the season. That probably played a significant role in the team’s much-improved second half record. Aponte appears to rank behind Ponce on the utility infielder depth chart and will open 2013 in extended spring training, with Ponce at West Virginia.
|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.|