Vidal Brujan
20-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brujan shed his sleeper tag by stealing 55 bases (74.3% success rate) and hitting .320/.403/.459 in his age-20 season. His 68:63 K:BB is a product of his tiny strike zone (he is 5-foot-9) and excellent ability to make contact. Brujan is actually pretty aggressive at the plate, he just rarely strikes out and his 70-grade speed allows him to leg out infield hits. His HR/FB spiked from 5.8% at Low-A to 16.7% at High-A, and his groundball rate was over 50% at both stops, so his .235 ISO with Bowling Green oversells things. A switch hitter, Brujan hit all nine of his home runs and slugged .516 from the left side, while hitting just six extra-base hits (in 162 PA) against left-handed pitching. He is a twitchy athlete and quality defender, though there will be stiff internal competition at the keystone in the coming years. Only 15 players stole 25-plus bases in the majors last year. Brujan will join that club if he earns an everyday role in a couple years. Read Past Outlooks
Running hot at High-A
2BTampa Bay Rays  A+
August 14, 2018
Brujan has gone 13-for-28 with a home run and four stolen bases over his first eight games at High-A Charlotte.
Brujan earned the promotion to the Florida State League on Aug. 6 after hitting .313 with 43 steals (in 58 attempts) for Low-A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old's combined total of 47 thefts rank as the third-best mark in all of the minors and will likely be the main driver of his fantasy value. Brujan's stellar plate discipline -- he owns an 11.2 percent walk rate and 9.7 percent strikeout rate over parts of four seasons in the minors -- will also aid his chances of eventually settling in as a leadoff man down the road.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Brujan was the sixth best hitter in the New York-Penn League last season (141 wRC+) and also finished first in BB/K (0.94) and fourth in steals (16) while being the fifth youngest hitter in the league. He checks an awful lot of boxes dynasty league owners look for, but the fact that he measures in at 5-foot-9, 155 pounds lessens the appeal considerably. That's not to say he can't be a quality everyday player in four or five years, and he might even hit enough to profile atop a big-league lineup. It's just hard to project much power coming for the diminutive second baseman, and in today's game, power is expected of those who man the keystone. He has a quick bat, so he could pull 8-to-12 balls out per year. Burjan is also a plus runner, so he could provide some 10-20 seasons. Given his profile, however, he will likely either hit first, eighth or ninth, so he won't be much of a run producer.
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Second in Midwest League in steals
2BTampa Bay Rays  A+
May 1, 2018
Brujan ranks second in the Midwest League with 10 steals (on 11 attempts) but is hitting just .253/.333/.293 in 84 plate appearances.
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