H/W: 5-10, 210 lbs
Acquired: Signed to minor league contract (12/16)
Current Salary: Minor league contract
Team Control: through 2017 (MiLB / MLB)
Career Total: +5.2
The Outfield Fly Ruling
The Braves just can’t let Bonifacio go. The team traded for him midway through 2014, and then brought him back as a free agent in 2016. They tried to bring him up but embarrassingly weren’t able to due to roster rules that they somehow missed or were unaware of. Oops. Rather than have a constant reminder of that error on the roster, they took the whole thing as a sign from above and let Bonifacio continue languishing as a AAA base stealer until several months later, when they snuck him onto the MLB roster. A post-season free agent, the team brought him back for more of the same, which works out for both parties. The organization has a super-utility guy that is a phone call away, and Bonifacio doesn’t have to worry about lost money over his investment in a Peach Pass. (- B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
Hit – 45 ↓↓
Bonifacio had rough MLB experiences in 2015 and 2016, but his hit tool probably hasn’t fallen completely off the way the small sample results may make you think. He won’t challenge for a batting title without a visit from the BABIP Gods, but he could still probably manage a slightly below average hit rate, somewhere in the .240-.250 ballpark.
Power – 25
If any MLB pitcher gives up a HR to Emilio Bonifacio going forward, and it’s of the traditional out-of-the-park variety, they should probably have to buy the team dinner or wear pajamas to a press conference. Or better yet, they should be outright released.
Baserunning – 60
Bonifacio’s other tools may have weakened, but the fella can still run. He was 38/47 stealing bases last year between AAA and the Show, and he probably still has a few years before age really starts to sap the speed.
Defense – 50 ↓
Bonifacio can play several positions. He may not play any of them well, but a team can get by with him in the middle infield or anywhere in the OF, as long as ‘get by’ is a temporary solution. He’s handy for roster versatility, but not much beyond that.
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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