Andrew Monasterio SS/2B Potomac Nationals (High-A)
DOB: 05/30/1997 Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in May 2014, Monasterio was acquired by Washington in the August trade of Daniel Murphy. The 21-year-old Monasterio is a plus athlete with a projectable 6’0” 175lbs frame and looks the part of a major league infielder. He possesses easy above-average speed and excellent instincts, which allows him to impressively run the bases. Monasterio shows tremendous hustle and a high Baseball IQ.
Defensively Monasterio has split time between shortstop and second base in my viewings. He shows soft hands and polished actions fielding the ball. Monasterio has above-average first-step quickness and excellent instincts, helping him range well in any direction. He possesses an above-average, accurate arm with a quick release. In addition, he seems comfortable charging the baseball and throwing on the run. Monasterio projects as average at shortstop, and potentially above-average at either second or third base.
At the plate the right-handed hitting Monasterio has a simple, quiet swing built for contact. He has average to slightly above-average bat speed. He keeps his hands close to his body and naturally swings inside-out. In game action he primarily uses the middle of the field, making solid contact and peppering the gaps with line drives. Monasterio will flash occasional power during batting practice and can pull inside fastballs enough to keep pitchers’ honest. Assuming he adds strength as he matures, he still profiles as a “30” power hitter. However, his contact oriented approach and easy swing project as a “40/45” type hit tool in the big leagues.
Monasterio is an intriguing prospect due to his athleticism, plus-plus Baseball IQ and potential for three above-average tools. His lack of a plus tool and true home run power limits his ceiling, but Monasterio’s defensive aptitude at three infield positions should get him to the major leagues. He has a ceiling as a versatile backup infielder, with his likely outcome being a Triple-A infielder who receives a few major league promotions.