Panamanian Miguel Amaya among the future MLB top ten catchers

Miguel Amaya
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The Panamanian Miguel Amaya was considered as the sixth best catcher prospect of the minor league according to the MLB Pipeline publication, which makes an annual count of those that can be the future stars of the best baseball in the world.

The 19-year-old Santeño, who signed for a million dollars - the highest number for a player born in Panama - participated in the Future Stars' Party, it is a sign that he is well conceptualized in the system of farms of the organized baseball.

Amaya is behind Joey Bart, of the San Francisco Giants; Francisco Mejia, of the San Diego Padres; Keibert Ruiz, of the Dodgers of Los Angeles; Sean Murphy, of the Oakland Athletics; and Danny Jansen, of the Toronto Blue Jays.

MLB Pipeline places him as the main prospect of the Chicago Cubs organization, praising his fast hands and agility, which places him as a fairly above-average catcher for his age, with an average arm that compensates with a fast and accurate shot to the bases.

He also highlights the growth he has had on offensive stats, which has allowed him to make a better contact on the right side of the plate, and the development of his patience by waiting pitches, which has resulted in a batting average of 256, but with 12 home runs, 21 doubles, and  2 triples in 414 at-bats, with 52 RBIs and 54 runs scored, not bad for a player in his position.

MLB Pipeline places it separately in 87th place among the 100 best prospects in all major leagues.

He also appears in the position 87 for the RotoChamp page that specializes in Fantasy Baseball and which makes its own list of rookies who could make the majors, in a list headed by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Still, in Class A with the South Bend, it is expected that Amaya will climb positions for an eventual debut in 2021 with the big team.


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