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.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels from Elizabethton Twins.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Minnesota Twins.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Elizabethton Twins.
Minnesota Twins traded RHP Ryan Pressly to Houston Astros for CF Gilberto Celestino and RHP Jorge Alcala.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from GCL Astros.
Greeneville Reds reassigned CF Gilberto Celestino to the minor leagues.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Greeneville Astros from GCL Astros.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to GCL Astros from DSL Astros Orange.
CF Gilberto Celestino assigned to DSL Astros Orange.
Houston Astros signed free agent CF Gilberto Celestino to a minor league contract.