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Edmundo Sosa
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SS | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 210LBS | Age: 24

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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 10 8 2 2 0 0 1 .250 .400 .250 .650
2 Seasons 13 10 3 2 0 0 1 .200 .385 .200 .585
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .250 0 0 1 .650
2 Seasons .200 0 0 1 .585

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2018 STL NL 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
2019 STL NL 8 10 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 .250 .400 .250 .650
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2018 STL NL 3 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 11 3.667 .333 .000 1.000 .000 .000 0
2019 STL NL 10 2 2 0 0 .333 0 0 2 26 2.600 .200 .000 .500 .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

2020

The Cardinals signed Sosa for $425,000 out of Panama in 2012 as part of a talented international class that included Alex Reyes and Magneuris Sierra. All three players have since reached the Major Leagues, with Sosa being the last of the group to arrive when he made his debut at age 22 in September 2018. The promotion tied a bow on what was a breakout season for Sosa, whose development had been slowed the previous two years due to injury, and he continued to make strides back at Triple-A Memphis in 2019 by batting .291 with an .801 OPS, his best marks at a full-season level.

While Sosa always has shown an ability to make consistent contact and hit to all fields, power was largely absent from his game until he added a leg kick in 2018. He produced double-digit home runs for the first time in his career that year and showed even more power in 2019, hitting a career-high 17 home runs in Triple-A. Sosa's knack for putting the ball in play helps keep his strikeout totals in check but also nets him few walks, giving him fringy on-base skills overall. He has average speed but is well-below-average as a basestealer, evidenced by his 61.7 percent success rate across seven Minor League seasons.

Defensively, Sosa has the hands, instincts and above-average arm strength required to be a regular at shortstop. The Cardinals have increased his versatility in the past two years with increased reps at second and third base, and he played the latter position exclusively when he returned to the Major Leagues in 2019. Though his offensive profile would likely be stretched thin as a regular, Sosa does enough things well on both sides of the ball to carve out a career as a utility infielder. 


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

The Cardinals signed Sosa for $425,000 out of Panama in 2012 as part of a talented international class that included Alex Reyes and Magneuris Sierra. All three players have since reached the Major Leagues, with Sosa being the last of the group to arrive when he made his debut at age 22 in September 2018. The promotion tied a bow on what was a breakout offensive campaign for Sosa, whose development had been slowed the previous two years due to injury. 

While Sosa always has shown an ability to make consistent contact and hit to all fields, power was largely absent from his game until 2018, when he implemented a leg kick and proceeded to establish career highs with 12 homers and 30 doubles. Sosa's knack for putting the ball in play helps keep his strikeout totals in check but also nets him few walks, giving him fringy on-base skills overall. He has average speed but is well-below-average as a basestealer, evidenced by his 64 percent success rate in the Minors.

Sosa does have defensive value, however, with the hands and enough arm to play shortstop on a regular basis. He improved his positional versatility by adding second and third base to his resume in the Arizona Fall League, and he saw nearly equal time at the hot corner and keystone in 2018 in addition to his primary work at shortstop. While it all seemingly points to a career as a utility infielder for Sosa, an everyday role isn't totally out of the question, especially if he can build upon the progress he made in '18.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

The 2012 international signing class for the Cardinals was talented, led by Alex Reyes, Magneuris Sierra and Sosa. Because of a multitude of injuries, Sosa hasn't been able to gain the same kind of traction the other two have. In 2016, a stress reaction in his wrist ended his season in late July and he also sustained a broken hamate, as well as an ankle injury in 2017 that limited him to 58 games.

Even with the long absences, Sosa has shown an ability to make consistent contact and limit strikeouts, and when he was on the field in 2017, his overall approach was better than it had been in 2016. He's going to have to hit and get on base to have offensive value because there isn't much power to project and he isn't a basestealing threat. He does have defensive value, however, with the hands and enough arm to play shortstop on a regular basis. He's started to add some positional versatility to his resume, seeing time at second and third, as well as short, during a successful stint in the Arizona Fall League last fall.

Sosa will play all of the 2018 season at age 22, with the top priority being getting through a full and healthy season of at-bats and defensive reps. He'll continue to play multiple positions to enhance his value to the Major League club, with the knowledge that if things click, he still could develop into an everyday shortstop.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

The Cardinals signed Alex Reyes, Magneuris Sierra and Sosa out of the 2012 international signing class, with Sosa getting $425,000 to sign out of Panama. He took a small step backwards with the move to full-season ball in 2016, and his season ended in late July because of a stress reaction in his wrist. Injuries plagued him again in 2017, as hamate bone surgery forced him out of action in June.

Some of the regression is really a matter of comparison to his huge season in Johnson City in 2015, where he hit .300 and slugged close to .500. It's possible he may not be the offensive force some thought was emerging, but the Cardinals still feel there's enough bat here for him to be a legitimate prospect. Excited by his extra-base output in the Appalachian League, it's possible there won't be much power moving forward. There are no questions about his defense, however, with the hands, arm and range to stay at shortstop long-term, making him the best defensive shortstop in the system.

Just 21, Sosa is plenty young enough to shrug off these setbacks and rediscover his solid approach. How much his bat develops will ultimately determine what kind of player he'll be once he arrives in St. Louis.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

The Cardinals' efforts during the 2012 international signing period seem to be paying off, with top prospect Alex Reyes, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and Sosa -- who was signed out of Panama for $425,000 -- all emerging from that crop of teenagers.

Sosa has the chance to be a shortstop for a long time, one who isn't flashy with the glove and is more known for his offensive ability. He is a solid defender with an average, but accurate arm, one who makes all the plays while not necessarily showing up on highlight reels. Sosa has some upside with his bat, showing a very good approach at the plate, especially for his age. There is some extra-base pop to come, some of which started showing up as he added strength in 2015. Sosa runs well enough where his range at short isn't a question and he's a good baserunner, but it hasn't translated into stolen bases.

Sosa is the Cardinals' best shortstop prospect, by far, and will be given every chance to play the premium position at the highest level. If need be, they know he would be an above-average defender at second, with a bat that would profile well there, too.


2015

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

The Cardinals found three of their best prospects during the 2012-13 international signing period. In addition to right-hander Alex Reyes and outfielder Magneuris Sierra, they also landed Sosa. He had starred on junior national teams in Panama, and his $425,000 bonus was the most for any player from his nation that summer.

Sosa has an advanced gameplan at the plate for a teenager, focusing on making contact and drilling line drives to all fields. Once he learns to use his plus speed, he'll be a basestealing threat. Power won't be a big part of his game, though he has some strength and will sting the ball into the gaps on occasion.

Sosa's defensive tools aren't spectacular, but he gets the job done at shortstop and should be able to stick there. He's an instinctive defender with good hands and enough arm to make the throws required at the position.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 11 1 0 0.0 84.4 48.3 0.0 .004 .006 .230 .233 .008 0.0 33.3 33.3
2019 26 6 0 0.0 83.1 -0.3 16.7 .315 .382 .315 .377 .394 50.0 20.0 10.0
ALL 37 7 0 0.0 83.2 6.6 14.3 .253 .307 .295 .344 .339 42.9 23.1 15.4
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 33.1 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/19/2020 St. Louis Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to Memphis Redbirds.
10/16/2019 St. Louis Cardinals activated SS Edmundo Sosa.
10/12/2019 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Aguilas Cibaenas.
10/03/2019 St. Louis Cardinals reassigned SS Edmundo Sosa to the minor leagues.
09/02/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled SS Edmundo Sosa from Memphis Redbirds.
07/20/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to Memphis Redbirds.
07/16/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Edmundo Sosa from Memphis Redbirds.
03/09/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to Memphis Redbirds.
09/23/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Edmundo Sosa from Memphis Redbirds.
06/23/2018 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
04/04/2018 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
03/12/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to Memphis Redbirds.
10/02/2017 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Edmundo Sosa from Palm Beach Cardinals.
08/25/2017 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Springfield Cardinals.
08/15/2017 Springfield Cardinals sent SS Edmundo Sosa on a rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals.
06/18/2017 Springfield Cardinals placed SS Edmundo Sosa on the 7-day disabled list.
06/16/2017 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
06/01/2017 Palm Beach Cardinals placed SS Edmundo Sosa on the 7-day disabled list.
03/13/2017 St. Louis Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to Palm Beach Cardinals.
11/18/2016 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Edmundo Sosa from Palm Beach Cardinals.
10/02/2016 Palm Beach Cardinals activated SS Edmundo Sosa from the 7-day disabled list.
08/03/2016 Palm Beach Cardinals placed SS Edmundo Sosa on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 1, 2016.
07/22/2016 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
04/02/2016 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
03/11/2016 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to St. Louis Cardinals.
06/22/2015 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to Johnson City Cardinals.
08/30/2014 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to State College Spikes from GCL Cardinals.
06/20/2014 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to GCL Cardinals.
06/01/2013 SS Edmundo Sosa assigned to DSL Cardinals.
07/02/2012 St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent SS Edmundo Sosa to a minor league contract.