The Orioles have signed Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia for a bonus of $778,500.
Physically, Henry Urrutia has a nicely sized frame. He is bit slender, has wiry strength, and overall proportional muscle build. Even at age 25, his frame could pack on a bit of weight and he could round into the 190-195 territory.
Henry Urrutia is on the cusp of being ready for professional pitching, but may need 500 or so at-bats in the minors. His offensive game is a bit in a 5 o’clock stage, meaning he shows more power in batting practice and it remains to be seen if he can turn that power into production in games.
Urrutia is more of a compact, line drive contact hitter that shows some gap power, but I could be shorting him. With better instruction his batting practice power could come to play in games.
He has showed solid pitch recognition and a good overall approach at the plate, but it remains to be seen how he will adjust to professional pitching.
Henry Urrutia is also an overall solid defensive prospect as well with the range and arm that would be better suited to left field. He will not win any awards for his overall athleticism, but he can move fairly well and is more agile than speed driven.
Urrutia is bit on older side and is not nearly the kind of prospect that Yoenis Cespedes was coming out of Cuba, but could be a solid everyday regular if his contact skills can translate to the pros.