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Lazaro Armenteros
Popularity: ↑ 36%
OF | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 182LBS | Age: 21

MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 538 459 65 102 17 61 22 .222 .336 .403 .739
Career Minors 1085 925 138 231 29 123 42 .250 .356 .410 .765
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .222 17 61 22 .739
Career Minors .250 29 123 42 .765

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2017 2 Teams Minors 47 207 174 30 48 9 4 4 23 19 57 12 3 11 .276 .377 .443 .819
2017 DSL Athletics DSL ROK 6 26 18 6 3 0 0 0 1 3 9 2 2 4 .167 .385 .167 .551
2017 AZL Athletics AZL ROK 41 181 156 24 45 9 4 4 22 16 48 10 1 7 .288 .376 .474 .850
2018 Beloit Snappers MID A(Full) 79 340 292 43 81 8 2 8 39 36 115 8 6 10 .277 .374 .401 .774
2019 Stockton Ports CAL A(Adv) 126 538 459 65 102 22 5 17 61 73 227 22 6 6 .222 .336 .403 .739

Scouting Report

2020

Armaneteros’ power-speed combination made him one of the most exciting prospects on the international market when the 2016-17 signing period began. The A’s were aggressive buyers on that market and went over their spending limit because of his $3 million bonus. He’s yet to put to use those tools consistently on the field since signing, showing glimpses of hitting home runs and stealing bases, but striking out at an alarming rate.

In 2019, Armenteros struck out in more than 42 percent of his plate appearances, only partially offset by his high walk rate. When taking that into consideration, it’s a testament to how strong he is that he still managed to hit 17 homers. But he really needs to re-work his swing because his barrel isn’t in the zone long enough for him to make contact to get to that power. He started working on that during instructs and it’s an adjustment, especially with breaking stuff, he’ll have to make if he wants to progress. 

Armenteros is a physical specimen who can really run and should continue to be able to steal bases. His defense has improved, but he’s probably limited to left field because of a below-average arm. The good news is he’s still young enough to figure things out, but there will have to be some considerable changes to his swing and approach to make it happen.


2019

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

Armenteros was one of the top international prospects according to MLB Pipeline in 2016 and the A's liked him enough to go over the spending threshold, incurring penalties when he signed with the A's for $3 million. He had a solid pro debut making his way to the United States and the rookie-level Arizona League in 2017, then showed glimpses of his tools during a full-season debut that was interrupted by injury.

Armenteros has the chance to have four at-least average tools at the Major League level. He has plus bat speed that makes it easy to project the ability to hit for average with potentially plus power down the road. He's not afraid to see pitches and draw walks, though he needs to continue to refine his overall approach and pitch recognition in order to cut down his strikeout rate, which was 33.8 percent in 2018. 

While he does have excellent speed, he is expected to slow down some as he matures. He's largely played left field, likely his long-term home given his fringy arm strength. That puts pressure on him to be a corner outfield type bat, but he has the potential to easily fit that profile.


2018

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

Ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's list of the Top 30 international prospects, Armenteros was expected to sign in February 2017 until his agency, Culture 39, refused to represent him after allegedly receiving a death threat. After finding new representation, the then-17-year-old Cuban outfielder signed with Oakland for $3 million at the start of the 2016-17 international period. He made his professional debut the next year in the Dominican Summer League, where he appeared in just six games before heading stateside for an impressive showing in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Armenteros stands out for his hitting ability, raw power, speed and overall athleticism, the combination of which gives him the potential for four average-or-better tools. His bat speed is explosive and fuels his projection as an average hitter with above-average power, though his bat path through the zone, as well as his approach and overall plate discipline, will need to be ironed out.

Armenteros is expected to lose some of his speed and athleticism as he continues to grow into his already physically strong and mature frame. He's best-suited long term for left field, where his below-average arm strength is a clean fit. That doesn't leave much room for defensive flexibility, but Armenteros has the offensive upside to easily offset those concerns.


2017

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

One of the more high-profile Cuban players to hit the market in recent years, Armenteros was declared a free agent on Jan. 11 and was expected to make a decision on where he was going to sign on Feb. 10. However, things took a turn when his agency, Culture 39, refused to represent him after allegedly receiving a death threat. After seeking out new representation, the 17-year-old outfielder signed with Oakland for $3 million at the start of the 2016-17 international period. He made his professional debut in 2017 in the Dominican Summer League, where he appeared in just six games before heading stateside for the Rookie Arizona League.

Ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's list of the Top 30 international prospects, Armenteros is a dynamic talent who stands out for his power, speed and overall athleticism, with the combination giving him the potential for average-or-better tools across the board. Though his bat speed is undeniable, his uppercut bat path through the zone, as well as a few holes in his approach, will need to be ironed out in the professional ranks. 

Armenteros is capable of playing either center or right field, with the necessary athleticism and arm strength for either position. He likely will be given every chance to prove he can stick in center field, though some scouts already wonder whether he fits better at a corner outfield spot given his current size and remaining room for physical growth.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 65 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 50

One of the more high-profile Cuban players to hit the market in recent years, Lazarito was declared a free agent on Jan. 11 and was expected to make a decision on where he was going to sign on Feb. 10. However, things took a turn when his agency, Culture 39, refused to represent him after allegedly receiving a death threat. After seeking out new representation, the 17-year-old outfielder signed with Oakland for $3 million at the start of the 2016-17 international period. 

Ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's list of the Top 30 international prospects, Armenteros is a dynamic talent who stands out for his power, speed and overall athleticism. Though his bat speed is undeniable, his uppercut bat path through the zone, as well as a few holes in his approach, will need to be ironed out in the professional ranks. He's capable of playing either center or right field, with the necessary athleticism and arm strength for either position. 

On defense, Armenteros likely will be given every chance to prove he can stick in center field, though some scouts already wonder whether he fits better at a corner outfield spot given his overall skill set.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/19/2020 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Las Vegas Aviators from Stockton Ports.
02/23/2020 OF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Oakland Athletics.
04/01/2019 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Stockton Ports from Beloit Snappers.
07/02/2018 Beloit Snappers activated LF Lazaro Armenteros from the 7-day injured list.
07/01/2018 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Beloit Snappers.
06/03/2018 Beloit Snappers placed LF Lazaro Armenteros on the 7-day disabled list.
05/07/2018 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Beloit Snappers from AZL Athletics.
03/06/2018 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Oakland Athletics.
06/23/2017 LF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to AZL Athletics from DSL Athletics.
06/02/2017 OF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to DSL Athletics from AZL Athletics.
03/25/2017 1B Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Oakland Athletics.
03/24/2017 OF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to AZL Athletics.
10/13/2016 OF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Oakland Athletics Futures.
10/13/2016 OF Lazaro Armenteros assigned to Oakland Athletics Futures.
07/02/2016 Oakland Athletics signed free agent OF Lazaro Armenteros to a minor league contract.