Outfielder Maicol Sosa led the DSL Marlins with five home runs in 2018.
Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 252 of 286.
Maicol Sosa is a 6’2″, 185 lb. right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, population 185,255. Ninety-eight major leaguers have originated from the town, including Miguel Sano, Fernando Tatis, and all-time favorite Florida Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo.
Sosa was born on February 9th, 1999, and signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins on October 8th, 2016. He reported for his first professional action with the DSL Marlins for the 2017 campaign, in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League.
Sosa’s first season resulted in a .200/.241/.218 slashline in 21 contests, with one double and one RBI. Defensively, he handled 16 chances in 99 innings in the outfield, mostly in right field, and entirely without an error.
Returning to the DSL Marlins in his age-19 season in 2018, Sosa led the team with five home runs in a team-fifth 58 appearances. He ranked third on the team with 23 walks in 228 plate appearances, a 10.03 percent walk-rate, and struck out 49 times. He also stole a team-third 15 bases, but could display a little better selectiveness as a baserunner, getting caught 11 times.
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Sosa slashed .279/.370/.401, leading the team in slugging percentage and ranking second in batting average. On the defensive side of things, he roamed the outfield for 426 innings in total and taking 100 chances in total. He totaled four errors for a .960 fielding percentage, and also made two assists, one each from left and center field.
Sosa collected 14 multi-hit games through the year, including three where he finished with three. On June 13th, in a 15-5 victory against the DSL Athletics, he batted sixth and collected four RBI, with a single and a three-run homer. On August 9th, Sosa hit two doubles and a single, with a walk, a run, and a pair of RBI in a 9-4 loss to the DSL Braves.
Players who begin in the Dominican Summer League are generally at a disadvantage in their path to the major leagues, as they are for the most part, low-risk, high-reward type players. Sosa has a leg up on the competition with his standout performance in 2018. Still rostered at the DSL level, Sosa should begin the 2019 campaign either with the rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League or with the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League.
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