From Great Britain to Philly
Gabriel Rincones Jr. is an outfielder from Florida Atlantic University who the Phillies drafted in the third round of the 2022 MLB Draft.
Rincones is the son of former minor league pitcher Gabriel Rincones Sr. from Venezuela. Growing up playing baseball in Fife, Scotland, he knew he would have to move west to get a shot at his dream of becoming a big leaguer.
So, he eventually settled in Tampa, FL, where he attended Plant High School. Plant HS has produced Major Leaguers such as Kyle Tucker, Pete Alonso, and MLB HOF Wade Boggs, to name a few.
Rincones played his heart out to get drafted and hopefully make the big league squad.
At FAU, Rincones Jr. hit BA .346, OBP .451, SLG .658, and OPS 1.110, with 19 HR and 69 RBIs. He will look to grasp some semblance of this stat line in his first entire season in the minor league system in 2023.
Gabriel Rincones @spcbaseball— Jesse Litsch (@JesseLitsch) April 22, 2021
Rincones absolutely nukes this ball to the right center field fence. Showcases lightning fast hands with a short/compact swing.#MLBDraft @PBR_JUCO @DSeifertD1PBR @NathanRode pic.twitter.com/ftkw5nFSBs
Since Rincones Jr. was drafted, he must start in Rookie ball or Single-A at some level. Going from collegiate baseball to Single-A can be challenging, but if he has the corner outfield skills he is known for, he should make an immediate impact.
The Phillies have said he has an advanced approach at the plate, and the lefty bat could show flashes of decent power with some development. The realistic best-case scenario would be for him to make it to High-A by the end of the season.
Rincones Jr. is 22 and has not made his minor league debut yet, but eyes are on him to see how well he does in his first taste of minor league ball.
The best-case scenario is he makes it to Double-A in one season, but we will have to see how he performs.
Realistically, the future of Rincones Jr. making it to the majors is possible. In this organization, he might only be a utility at some point. However, if he is dead set on being an outfielder, his road to the show will be more difficult.
Hopefully, as the Phillies' #7 Prospect, he will get the care and instruction he will need to make it to the big leagues in some capacity.
Wait and see how he does this first year, but I do not see him taking anyone's spot in the majors any time soon.
Rincones Jr. needs to hone his skills and zone in on the part of the field so he can maximize his potential and effectively make it to the Phillies.
I see him making the big league club by 2026 at the earliest and the 40-man by 2024.
Good Luck to Gabriel Rincones Jr. on his Road to the Show and being a Phuture Phillie!
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