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Selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Florida’s Nova Southeastern University, middle infield prospect Jancarlos Cintron made his professional debut with the AZL Diamondbacks this summer. A native of Puerto Rico, the 5’8″, 170-lb. Cintron got into 46 games in the rookie-level Arizona League over the season, logging 169 at-bats and slashing .260/.306/.385/.691 with eight doubles, five triples, one home run, three stolen bases, eight walks, and 16 strikeouts. The 23-year-old (DOB: December 1, 1994) finished his inaugural pro campaign with multi-hit games in five of his final seven contests, raising his average nearly twenty points in the process. Below, you’ll find Baseball Census‘ full Jancarlos Cintron scouting report, including tool grades, game video, and projection notes on the Arizona Diamondbacks middle infield prospect.

Jancarlos Cintron Scouting Report, Arizona Diamondbacks — 2017

Dates observed in 2017: August 9-12

Hit (35)
Punchy line drive hitter; contact guy, with some feel for hitting to all fields. Good pitch tracker and above-average pitch recognition, though below-average bat speed with weak hands and wrists leaves him particularly susceptible to power stuff. Shows tendency to work too much inside-out with swing on occasion, and will get tied up (esp. against good velocity) on the inner half. Sneaky pop on occasion when he finds the barrel, but inconsistent manipulation and leverage (and not enough physical size) to make this any more than a rare occurrence. At his best when peppering gap-to-gap with hard-nosed hustle out of the batter’s box.

Power (25)
Little power to speak of, and very little projectable power; weak hands and wrists with below average bat speed. Can surprise occasionally and turn on a pitch with authority; enough physical strength now to hit a ball over the fence on occasion, but will be rare; with modest strength gains, could hit a handful of homers, but nothing significant. Majority of what little power he has will be felt through doubles and hustle triples.

Glove (50)
Decent glove man at AZL, advanced for the level. Comfortable at short and second, but with second base (or utility work) as his most likely future. Struggles at times going to backhand and will press too much in low-key game situations. Needs more reps at a high level; speed of game will wear on him, particularly from left side of the infield. Natural skills are there, though, with good shot one day to be legitimate average big league defender.

Arm (40)
Below-average arm in both velocity and carry; decent accuracy with some consistency. Profiles best at second base, or in utility role. Undersized and struggles to project out at shortstop without arm strength, especially to his backhand. Unlikely to develop average arm strength in time; more or less near final form with utility role in future.

Speed (40)
Had one 4.39 time down to first base; unremarkable foot speed and little threat to steal bases at a high level. Good situational awareness with some aggressiveness to take an extra base on a ball in play, but far from a burner. Put it this way — won’t steal many bags in pro ball, but enough foot speed to score from first on a double.

Hard nosed/gritty type; over-achiever who gets the most out of a vastly undersized frame. Classic undersized, tough player who has a shot to out-play his projection and be a nice surprise if tools can come through just enough with development. Quite a bit of adversity in his life thus far — brother beat cancer, and family lost home in Hurricane Maria. Very popular teammate; natural leadership qualities.

2018 Plan
Old for the AZL after a successful college career, so he’ll need to move fairly quickly, ideally up to full-season ball with Low-A Kane County at some point in 2018. Glove and overall athleticism will play, though bat will lag behind; will be interesting to see how hurricane aftermath in hometown back in Puerto Rico will affect how the Arizona Diamondbacks move him to begin the 2018 season.

Jancarlos Cintron lacks legitimate tools across the board to become a likely big leaguer, though an underdog mentality with exceptional competitiveness could push him forward a bit. If he gets there, he’s a utility infield type who fits better at second base than shortstop; at ceiling, he’s a bench guy who can move around the infield some with limited offensive skills. Most likely, Jancarlos Cintron will fill out organizational depth for the next few years with perhaps a shot at being an up-and-down candidate if his tools acclimate to full-season ball and develop enough. MLB ETA: 2022.

Jancarlos Cintron Scouting Report, Arizona Diamondbacks — 2017 Game Video

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