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Gilberto Celestino

Gilberto Celestino

CF | B/T: R/L | 6' 0" 170 | Age: 20
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 160 143 12 31 1 13 7 .217 .300 .273 .573
Career Minors 919 813 110 213 12 90 54 .262 .337 .371 .708
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .217 1 13 7 .573
Career Minors .262 12 90 54 .708

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 2 Teams Minors 56 230 191 29 49 12 4 2 19 33 39 15 3 2 .257 .365 .393 .758
2016 DSL Astros Orange DSL ROK 38 165 136 22 38 9 3 2 17 25 23 9 2 1 .279 .388 .434 .822
2016 GCL Astros GCL ROK 18 65 55 7 11 3 1 0 2 8 16 6 1 1 .200 .308 .291 .599
2017 Greeneville Astros APP ROK 59 261 235 38 63 10 2 4 24 22 59 10 2 1 .268 .331 .379 .709
2018 3 Teams Minors 64 268 244 31 70 12 1 5 34 16 46 22 2 5 .287 .341 .406 .747
2018 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 3 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2018 Tri-City ValleyCats NYP A(Short) 34 142 127 18 41 8 0 4 21 10 25 14 0 4 .323 .387 .480 .868
2018 Elizabethton Twins APP ROK 27 117 109 13 29 4 1 1 13 6 16 8 2 1 .266 .308 .349 .656
2019 Cedar Rapids Kernels MID A(Full) 38 160 143 12 31 5 0 1 13 15 35 7 3 2 .217 .300 .273 .573

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

The Astros were aggressive on the international market during the 2015-16 signing period, handing out five bonuses of six figures or more. Celestino was the prize acquisition and got a $2.5 million bonus to sign out of the Dominican Republic after starring for a number of youth teams in international competition. He had made it to the short-season New York-Penn League in 2018 and was thriving there when he was sent to the Twins as part of the Ryan Pressly deal.

Celestino finished the rest of the summer in the Appalachian League and the coaching staff in Elizabethton felt he was one of the best defenders they've seen at that level. He has tremendous instincts in center field with an above-average arm, allowing him to play a plus center field despite not being a burner speed-wise. The bigger question is whether his bat can catch up to his glove. He has shown plenty of ability to make contact, but it's a more line-drive to the gaps oriented approach right now. Some of that is because of his swing path and some of that stems from his need to add strength.

Just 20 for all of the 2019 season, there's plenty of time for Celestino to grow into some power, and he has the bat speed to get there. If that part of his game develops, he could be a dynamic regular playing up the middle.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
04/01/2019 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels from Elizabethton Twins.
03/03/2019 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Minnesota Twins.
07/28/2018 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Elizabethton Twins.
07/27/2018 Minnesota Twins traded RHP Ryan Pressly to Houston Astros for CF Gilberto Celestino and RHP Jorge Alcala.
05/26/2018 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from GCL Astros.
01/02/2018 Greeneville Reds reassigned CF Gilberto Celestino to the minor leagues.
06/21/2017 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Greeneville Astros from GCL Astros.
07/30/2016 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to GCL Astros from DSL Astros Orange.
06/03/2016 CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to DSL Astros Orange.
07/02/2015 Houston Astros signed free agent CF Gilberto Celestino to a minor league contract.