Rosell Herrera Works Out
, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic, worked out Tuesday at Coors Field. He was in Denver to take his physical and finalize his signing by the Rockies, who gave him a $550,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN Deportes, when they signed him July 2.
Herrera, who turns 17 in October, will begin his professional career in 2010 on the Rockies team in the Dominican Summer League.
The 6-foot-3 Herrera, a switch-hitter who weighs about 165 pounds, was accompanied by Rolando Fernandez, the Rockies director of international operations, and Jhonathan Leyba, the manager of the club’s operations in the Dominican Republic.
“You can project him to have some impact,” Fernandez said. “Does he have it now? No. He’s got very good hand-eye coordination. He can manipulate the bat head for a young kid from both sides of the plate. Right now he’s a line-drive hitter, but you can project him getting stronger and developing some power.”
Fernandez said Herrera runs well and has good hands. The Rockies expect Herrera’s arm will improve as he grows and as the result of developing strength in the lower half of his body and feet.