5-11, 185 lbs
Acquired: Signed as minor league free agent, 11/16
Current salary: Minor league contract
Team control: through 2017 (MiLB) / 6 seasons MLB
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Araiza reached minor league free agent eligibility after the 2016 season, and capitalized on the opportunity, leaving Tampa Bay for the Atlanta system. Once considered a catching prospect worth keeping an eye on for both his hit tool and defense, Araiza’s hit tool abandoned him several years ago. At 23, he’s still young enough to potentially rediscover it, but the odds are long. (-B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
In Araiza’s early days of rookie ball, it seemed like he might be a legitimate prospect, partially due to his hit tool. As an 18 year old, he batted .256/.371/.420. At 19, he batted .284/.347/.349. At 20, .277/.361/.322. When Araiza graduated into A-ball, the batting average collapsed. In 2014, the 21 year old batted .214/.292/.316 in A-ball. In 2015, he batted .203/.259/.275. He played sparingly in ’16, so there’s not much to go on. While you want to hold onto the old optimisms of rookie ball, at this point the hit tool is more likely to prevent his MLB debut than carry him to it.
Araiza has a little bit of pop. Not much, but some.
Araiza is a catcher. What do you expect?
Defense: 45 ↑
Araiza plays the position competently, and he has the upside to even play it really well. If the bat ever gets back on track, he will carve out a career as a backup MLB catcher, because his glove can safely remain there.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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