Prospect Profile: Roansy Contreras
The Yankees’ ability to throw a lot of money at international signings in 2016 was severely hampered, yet they proved that they can make some potentially strong moves when the purse strings are tight. There are a few players highly ranked in the Yankees’ system that weren’t the big signings we so often hear about and Roansy Contreras is one such player. The Yankees signed the Dominican pitcher for $250,000 and he hasn’t disappointed, quickly working his way up the ladder.
Name: Roansy Contreras Birthdate: November 7, 1999 Position: Pitcher Bats/Throws: R/R Height: 6’0 Weight: 175
The young hurler started off in the Dominican Summer League at seventeen years old. He went 0-3, but had a 3.68 ERA in six starts. He then was promoted to the Yankees East Gulf Coast League team, where he went 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA. He averaged 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings, while averaging just 2.9 walks.
Contreras opened up 2018 in Staten Island, making five starts and owning a 1.26 ERA. He struck out 32 and walked only nine, allowing just one home run. NY Penn League hitters managed only a .158 average against the young righty and at just eighteen he made his way to Charleston. He put up a strong seven starts, holding opposing hitters to .225 and striking out another 28 batters. He held a 3.38 ERA and averaged a little over seven Ks per nine, while walking a little over three.
When the Yankees signed Contreras, his fastball sat in the high 80s, but as he has matured it has moved into the mid-nineties, hitting up to 98 mph. He has shown good command of the pitch, which has some good spin and projects as a plus pitch. Contreras has a solid curveball, too. It is a hard, spinning breaking ball that its in the low 80s. It also has plus potential. He has a changeup that continues to improve. It sits in the mid-to-high 80s and has some good fade to it.
Contreras still has a way to go until he makes it to the Bronx, but he looks to be making his trip as quickly as possible. He has sound mechanics, throwing almost effortlessly it seems, yet he is aggressive, attacking the strike zone. He can locate pitches and mix them up. His poise and maturity, however, are particularly impressive for a player his age. Contreras will be one to keep your eye on over the next few years.