Lazaro Armenteros
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Known to many as Lazarito, Armenteros developed a reputation for being extremely raw after signing in July of 2016, struggling mightily with pitch recognition and timing. However, the much hyped Cuban outfielder began to show signs of life in the AZL. Despite turning 18 right before the season, he posted a 131 wRC+ (14th best in the league) and displayed the potential to provide plus power and plus speed. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he still has a lot of room to grow. Armenteros is often compared to Yasiel Puig in terms of potential and physicality. His swing is still long, which could be a constant struggle for him (26.5 percent strikeout rate), but he has already shown a willingness to work the count (8.8 percent walk rate). Unless he develops quicker than expected, this is not a prospect who will be fast-tracked. The A’s will be patient with their $3 million investment with hopes of him eventually profiling as a middle-of-the-order left fielder. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the A's for $3 million in July of 2016.
Holding his own at Low-A level
OFOakland Athletics  A
May 22, 2018
Armenteros is slashing .280/.362/.460 with five extra-base hits (three doubles, two home runs) and nine RBI across 58 plate appearances for Low-A Beloit.
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The 19-year-old experienced similar success with the Athletics' rookie-ball squad in 2017, and it appears he's handling the slight bump up in level of competition well overall. Armenteros has the potential to provide an appealing speed/power mix, but consistent contact continues to be one of his primary challenges in the nascent stages of his professional career. After striking out at a 26.5-percent clip in the AZL last season, Armenteros has whiffed in 31.0 percent of his plate appearances thus far in 2018. However, his walk rate has also seen a nice bump (8.8 percent to 12.1 percent), an encouraging sign amidst his aforementioned strikeout struggles.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A legend at the age of 16 known simply as "Lazarito," the Cuban outfielder played with the imagination of prospect fiends before he signed, and certainly before he did anything of substance in a competitive baseball environment. While he came with a cool one-word nickname that was reminiscent of those that adorned the great Brazilian soccer players of past decades, the hype surrounding Armenteros did not match his value in dynasty leagues, so a bit of a backlash has started. Reports from instructs were not positive, and it is clear that this is one international free agent signing who is not going to cruise through the rookie leagues. Players don't get nicknames like that without having some talent, and Armenteros certainly has exciting raw tools, but there is an emphasis on "raw." He is worth monitoring if he gets a taste of the Dominican Summer League this year, but there are at least a half dozen better players to stash from last year's international signing class.
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Heads to Beloit for full-season debut
OFOakland Athletics  A
May 7, 2018
Armenteros will make his full-season debut with Low-A Beloit on Monday.
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Opens in extended spring training
OFOakland Athletics  A
April 7, 2018
Armenteros is opening the season in extended spring training, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
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Appears in split-squad Cactus League game
OFOakland Athletics  A
March 25, 2017
Armenteros appeared in a split-squad Cactus League game, popping up in his first at-bat, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Signs with A's for $3 million
OFOakland Athletics  A
July 2, 2016
Armenteros signed with the A's for $3 million on Saturday.
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February 3, 2016
The Braves are scheduled to hold a private workout for Armenteros on Saturday, MLB.com reports.
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