More On The Indians: Dorssys Paulino

The focus at today is on the Indians. I had more stuff than I could fit in my Cactus League camp report from Goodyear, so here’s one more item . . .

Another breakout candidate: Dorssys Paulino

After signing for $1.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Paulino made his pro debut the following summer as the second-youngest regular in the Rookie-level Arizona League. The shortstop had no problems adapting, as he batted .355/.404/1.014 and earned a late-season promotion to short-season Mahoning Valley.

That spectacular performance earned Paulino a trip to the low Class A Midwest League at age 18 last year. This time he was the youngest everyday player in the circuit, and this time he didn’t dominate, hitting .246/.297/.349.

Paulino still has the same quality bat speed and a higher offensive ceiling than most infielders. He had his best month of the 2013 season in August, setting the stage for what the Indians believe will be a strong return to the MWL.

“He’s still just 19,” Cleveland farm director Ross Atkins said. “He has had a great offseason and a great spring training. He has improved his athleticism and overall strength. He’s a lot more confident and has a much better foundation for success at Lake County. Last season affected his confidence but it didn’t affect his work.”

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