Juan Silverio Scouting Report (2010)
Chicago White Sox prospect Juan Silverio split the 2010 season between the Pioneer and South Atlantic Leagues posting a .228/.267/.384 combined line in just over 300 at bats. However, about half his home run and walk totals came during short season in less than a hundred at bats while his performance in the “Sally” was reminiscent of a third string catcher. Is Silverio a non-prospect? No, but he’s not a player without significant flaws which more likely than not will prove fatal at higher levels.
Physical Projection: Listed at 6’1″, 175 lbs., Silverio is closer to 210 as his lower half has become quite thick through the hips and quads. He has some development through the shoulders and forearms, but he’s disproportionately bottom heavy which means he is likely to become slower, and less mobile as he continues to mature. From his frame, I suspect he is not done filling out through the upper body either meaning Silverio could wind up at 230 lbs. or so. With his already being a little “soft” through his core, he will have to work to ensure whatever weight he has, or adds will be “good” weight.
And while Silverio moves decently, I question his explosion as I simply do not see much of it. It’s nice to see a big frame and dream of power potential, but it’s really nothing more than potential beach muscles if not combined with enough athleticism for the size to translate into his all-around game.
Offense: In the batter’s box, Silverio appears to be an intimidating presence. However, it only took a couple of swings to see a lack of wrist snap and bat speed. This may be the result of a very weak setup in the box which leaves him lunging forward and wrapping his bat pre-swing after a load which is little more than his rocking back and forth with no intent. For as strong a young man as he appears to be, very little of said strength actually translates into his swing. Does it leave room for significant improvement? Yes, but one has to trust he is capable of making that improvement. And while I didn’t notice anything glaring in his makeup, a scout mentioned to me that he didn’t care for Silverio’s body language and wondered if he really wanted to be there.
Defense: Silverio was able to make the plays at third base and showed enough arm to stick. His eventual position on the field will be dictated by Silverio’s bottom half and whether it impedes his ability to move laterally and react to batted balls. If he is able to keep his present level of fluidity and athleticism, third base is a possibility. If not, he will need to move to 1B/LF leaving his prospect status in even worse shape than it already is.
Speed: At present, Silverio has very little speed to speak of. In the future, he only projects to slow down even more.
In 2011, Silverio will be back in Kannapolis where he is likely to spend the entire season. With it being his age-20 season, he has time to re-establish himself within the organization. To do this, he will need a complete overhaul of his swing mechanics to utilize his strength. Even then, I’m a huge fan of wrist snap when projecting offense and there’s no guarantee his will improve. At this point, I just can’t project Silverio as a future big leaguer as there are simply too many areas in which Silverio needs a significant amount of work. I look forward to doing a v2.0 report next season in the hope of seeing growth as a prospect.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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