When the Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Royals in exchange for left-handed reliever Josh Taylor back in January, they also ensured that they would be receiving a player to be named later or cash considerations as part of the deal.
That player to be named later was revealed earlier Sunday afternoon, as Boston announced it had acquired infield prospect Angel Pierre from Kansas City to complete the Mondesi/Taylor swap from Jan. 24.
Pierre, 19, signed with the Royals as an international free agent coming out of the Dominican Republic last January. The right-handed hitter made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League and batted .300/.424/.500 with 11 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 19 RBIs, 23 runs scored, nine stolen bases, 21 walks, and 31 strikeouts in 33 games (125 plate appearances) for Kansas City’s DSL Stewart affiliate.
Despite signing as a shortstop, Pierre saw the majority of his playing time last year come at third base. The 6-foot, 170-pound infielder logged 188 innings at the hot corner, 33 innings at short, and three innings at second base while committing 13 total errors.
Outside of these statistics, there is not much else available on Pierre as far as a scouting report is concerned. At this point, it remains to be seen if the San Pedro de Macoris native will return to the Dominican Summer League or make the jump to the Florida Complex League in his first season as a member of the Red Sox organization.
Mondesi, meanwhile, will not be making the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster later this month. The speedy 27-year-old will instead begin the season on the injured list as he continues to work his way back from a torn left ACL that required surgery last May.
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