Edwin Lora SS Potomac Nationals
DOB: 9/14/95 Height: 6-1 Weight: 150lbs Bats: Right Throws: Right
Future Grades: Hit (35) Power (30) Arm (55) Defense (50) Speed (55)
Lora was signed by Washington as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in August 2012. The 22-year-old Lora is a skinny, wiry right-handed hitting and throwing shortstop prospect. Listed at 6-1 150lbs. he looks closer to 170lbs. with projection remaining in his frame, particularly his lower half. An obvious athlete, Lora has quality first-step quickness and easy above-average speed, posting 4.22-4.25 second times home to first.
Defensively Lora utilizes his above-average speed and impressive athleticism to flash plenty of range at shortstop. Lora flashes a solid-average to above-average arm for the position, with soft hands and quality actions for the position. He does struggle occasionally with his throwing accuracy and can get sloppy with his footwork, leading to healthy error totals. Lora has the raw tools to be a solid-average major league defender, but needs repetitions and game action to reach this potential.
A right-handed hitter, Lora owns loose wrists and impressive bat speed, allowing him to whip the barrel through the strike zone. He has some feel for the barrel but excess length in his swing causes him to struggles with whiffs. His lack of physical strength limits his power to center and right field, although he does show pull power in batting practice and occasionally during games. Lora needs to add strength and make more consistent contact if he wishes to advance to the major leagues. Unfortunately, these concerns leave me to project Lora as a future “35” hitter with “30” power.
Edwin Lora is an intriguing prospect who possesses three average or better tools and the ability to stay defensively at shortstop long-term. Sadly, his lack of physical strength and attraction to strikeouts limits his potential as a hitter and as an overall prospect. Unless he gains strength and make refinements to his swing, his ceiling is limited to a major league utility player, with the likely outcome being a long-term Triple-A infielder.