Today, our minor league spotlight will take a look at shortstop Luis Guillorme.  The Mets drafted Guillorme in the 10th round this year out of high school in Davie, Florida, although he is a native of Venezuela.  He signed for a little over slot and will turn 19 at the end of September.

Guillorme is a spectacular defensive shortstop.  He makes highlight reels on a regular basis, and has the hands, footwork, and arm to play the position long term.  The issue with Guillorme is his hitting, and it’s a big issue.  Normally, a player with his defensive skills at shortstop would have been off the board in the first few rounds of the draft, but he slid all the way to the 10th round, which speaks to how teams feel about his swing.  He has average bat speed and an inconsistent swing, and his size (5’10’’ 170 lbs) doesn’t produce much power.

That being said, he gave a good accounting of himself in the GCL this summer, hitting .258/.337/.283 with 4 doubles and the same number of strikeouts as walks (17).  That doesn’t stand out, but 41 hits in 41 games is probably better than expected based on the scouting report.  Guillorme hits left handed and had profound splits, hitting .114 vs. lefties and .313 vs. righties.

He’s quite reminiscent of Wilfredo Tovar, who’s also from Venezuela, in that he’s a defensive wizard with questionable offensive skills that’s going to have to keep hitting just enough and learn how to draw walks to keep moving through the system.  Guillorme is obviously several years away from the big leagues, but he has elite defensive skills at a premium position, and that gives him a chance to get to the big leagues if he can just hit a little, similar to the Mets of the past like Rey Ordonez and Anderson Hernandez.

Right now, I’m unsure of where Guillorme would rank on my offseason prospect list, but he does have a spot on my list of the top-10 shortstop prospects the Mets have, which you can read here: http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/09/19/new-york-mets-top-10-shortstop-prospects/