|No. 17 — Greifer Andrade, SS |
|Acquired: Free Agent, 2013 — Venezuela |
Andrade was one of the better international prospects two and a half-years ago, though not among the elite of the class. He’s an above-average runner, but far from a burner and projects best athletically in a corner somewhere, despite the Mariners having moved him to shortstop to start his pro career.
Andrade is 6-feet and about 185 pounds and his bat will be his calling card. He should fill out thanks to a wider-than-average frame and scouts believe he’ll hit and hit with power. He had a strong 2015 after a solid debut in 2014 and has a good chance to see time in the states in 2016.
Shortstop simply isn’t where he’s likely to land, however, with third base one possibility, but the outfield appearing like the ultimate. This puts pressure on the hit tool and the power to develop. He’s years away, but it’s difficult not to love the ability to create hissing line drive after hissing line drive, and with a simple, easy setup and swing.
Andrade projects as an average glove at third base or the outfield, but at least a full grade below standard at shortstop.