The Chicago White Sox certainly made a splash on the first day of the international signing period. The organization acquired 16-year-old outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata, who is an all-around outstanding player with a tremendous amount of talent.
Major League Baseball currently has the Dominican Republic native ranked as the No. 2 international prospect. There is no question Chicago is thrilled with the signing as they have a potential superstar on their hands.
“Micker is a terrific young man who is tremendously talented,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said, according to WhiteSox.com. “As we’ve gotten to know Micker and his family, we’ve been even more and more impressed. We cannot say enough about his baseball potential and his future with the White Sox.”
The 6’3” center fielder brings a power bat to the table. The White Sox can expect plenty of offense from Zapata as he has the potential to consistently knock the ball out of the park. He will also utilize his impressive bat speed to rack up power numbers and hit for average.
“Adolfo Zapata has impressed everyone over the last year with his makeup and approach to the game,” special assistant to the general manager Marco Paddy told WhiteSox.com. “His raw tools and natural strength immediately grab your attention, and his power displays can be jaw-dropping.”
As far as defense is concerned, Zapata has a strong arm that will allow him to handle any of the three outfield positions. With that being said, Chicago will most likely keep him in center.