Top 50 Scouting Report: #29 SS Jose Coronado

The Mets continue to work with Coronado

The New York Mets signed the young shortstop in August 2003 as an international free agent out of his native Venezuela. Since then, the organization has challenged him and moved him up to a new level with each passing season. Here is a scouting report on Binghamton shortstop Jose Coronado.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Jose Coronado
DOB: April 13, 1986
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right

Jose Coronado, a four-year veteran of the organization, continues to ascend the ladder in large part due to his defensive prowess. Despite his disappointing growth at the plate, the Mets have provided him plenty of opportunities and 2007 offered yet another test as he broke camp with Binghamton. When asked about Coronado's presence on his roster, B-Mets manager Mako Oliveras knew his shortstop's transition would take a large amount of concentrated work.

"We [the coaching staff] knew that Jose would be overmatched when the season started. He was not ready for the quality of starting pitching in Double-A and he had a tough beginning of the year because of it," said Oliveras.

With little patience and a free-swinging mentality, Coronado found it difficult to make hard contact. Already known as a light hitter, Binghamton hitting coach Nelson Silverio, as well as Oliveras, worked with their shortstop on his swing and the way he approached each at-bat. The mission was to reel him and prevent him from jumping out of his shoes with each swing.

"He didn't hit for a good average for combination things: being overaggressive, swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, getting behind the count too much. If he can work all that out, and just keep things simple and keep his swing easy, he should really start to hit better," explained Oliveras.

However, Oliveras and his staff will not permit Coronado's lack of confidence, which he portrayed lots during early parts of the season, to drag down his game. Often his problems were compounded by the fact that he had a tough time bouncing back from a poor performance.

"If he can just get the strikeouts down that will really improve his batting average. He is still a young kid playing a level that is tough for him. For the type of hitter that he is, he just needs to make contact and it doesn't matter where he puts the ball in play, just that he does. All those things will keep his confidence rising," detailed Oliveras.

After the Eastern League All-Star Break, Coronado finally settled down. He began to display many of those characteristics and results coaches and coordinators had hoped for all year. Though there was no spike in his batting average, it was clear Coronado's swing had improved and that he was driving the ball to the gaps with more authority.

"We kept telling him to play with a lot more confidence and trust himself. He can't be afraid to make mistakes. I think he's a kid who plays a little on edge because he was playing to not make mistakes and we told him can't play like that," said Oliveras.

"Errors happen, bad at-bats happen but he's got to keep working to make himself better. I saw that after the All-Star Break, he really put the fear aside and played a lot sharper."

His confidence, or lack thereof, is the determining factor in Coronado's ability to fulfill his promise. It is an on-going battle for both the player and the coaches. He never felt comfortable in Binghamton until the latter half of the season, shortly before an injury cut his season short to just 81 games. It is Oliveras' hope that when Coronado returns in the spring, he will be ready to excel from day one.

"It could be Binghamton again, it could be New Orleans, but no matter where he is, he should feel belongs where he is playing. The time it took him to get used to the level of play slows his development. If he can be ready to go on Opening Day, I think we will see him really put his game together," said Oliveras.

"He's a young kid who will get stronger. He's going to grow into a man, and what that stuff starts to happen, we'll see a lot of changes. When he does get his game together it'll be from all the work we've done. For Jose, it's got everything to do with his mental approach and how he turns that into positives," he closed.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2007

Binghamton

.212

307

65

1

15

31

7

31

84

.284

.257

2006

St. Lucie

.226

544

123

0

37

61

4

41

119

.283

.278

2005

Hagerstown

.225

71

16

0

4

4

1

7

17

.295

.282

2005

Kingsport

.266

139

37

1

8

24

6

22

27

.382

.338

2005

GCL

.404

47

19

0

4

9

1

1

9

.429

.468



Batting and Power: Coronado's struggles at the plate continued in the Eastern League after rather paltry production in the Florida State League in 2006. His strikeout ratio continues to be high while his walk total remains low, leading to an undesirable on-base percentage for a middle infielder. He displays little to null home run power—his lone home run last season was his first since the start of 2005—but he can drive balls to the gap and use his speed to run the bases. His offense will continue to be flat until he finds greater confidence against higher level pitching.

Base Running and Speed: Coronado is quick on the bases and should be a more formidable threat to steal once he learns the finer points of the trade. He still gets thrown out too often, but his good first step should allow him to be a 20-steal man in coming years. His speed gives him very good range at his position and he can cover ground in both directions.

Defense: Coronado's range has never been questioned, but he tends to overextend himself at times, trying to make plays that he is better off letting go. His strong arm lets him make plays deep in the hole as well as unbalanced throws. He still needs to have better composure in the field, that is to say, he needs to play with less aggressiveness and let plays naturally develop. His mechanics are solid, but when he tries to do too much that is when errors happen.

Projection: Though he has failed to build any consistency at the plate, the organization continues to ride high on Coronado, challenging him each year. He has a lot maturing to do both physically and mentally which is why the Mets are compelled to stand by him as he develops. He will 22 years old when next season starts and that still leaves him plenty of time to mold into a reliable reserve, but unless his offense really picks up, he will fall short of being a starter at the big league level.

ETA: 2010. Though his production may not speak to his maturation, his coaches and the organization feel he is coming along, and they will continue to push him in hopes he will learn as he goes. Where he breaks camp in 2008 will most likely not be determined until he can be examined during spring training, but whether it is Binghamton or New Orleans, Coronado is still looking at two more years in the system before making it to the big league roster.

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