Meet the Tampa Bay Rays Farm System: Vidal Brujan

Vidal Brujan
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEP 28: Vidal Brujan of the Rays goes up high to snare the throw from the catcher and then puts the tag on Yunior Severino (12) of the Braves for the out during the Florida Instructional League (FIL) game between the FIL Braves and FIL Rays on September 28, 2017, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In the last edition of Meet the Tampa Bay Rays Farm System, highly rated prospect Brendan McKay was put under the spotlight. This week features a look at Vidal Brujan, who is ranked 41st in the MLB top 100 prospect list.

Background

Brujan was born on February 9, 1998 in San Pedro de Macoris of the Dominican Republic. He then signed with the Rays in 2014 as a free agent.

The five-foot-nine switch hitter has quickly made a name for himself in the Rays organization. Brujan is a second baseman but has also played third and shortstop over the years. As of today, he is currently playing for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits.

Playing Career

Brujan started his career with the Rays in 2015, where he played in the Dominican Summer League. That year, Brujan batted .301 with two home runs and 20 RBI. In the field, Brujan ended the year with 72 putouts, 102 assists, and a .941 fielding percentage.

Then, in 2016, Brujan continued to shine in the Gulf Coast League. Here he batted .282 with one home run and eight RBI. As for his fielding, he improved from 2015 by earning a .959 fielding percentage with 85 putouts and 148 assists.

In 2017 Brujan took his talents to the New York-Penn League. Here he batted .285 with three home runs and 20 RBI. As for his fielding, Brujan racked up a .967 fielding percentage with 109 putouts and 182 assists. Brujan made the Midseason All-Star Team for the first time in his career.

In 2018, Brujan put up the best numbers of his career. He played in both Class A-Advanced and Class A (Full). Over the year, he put up an impressive .320 batting average with nine home runs and 53 RBI. He also put up his best numbers in the field, with a .972 fielding percentage, 168 putouts and, 182 assists. For the second year in a row, Brujan made the Mid-season All-Star team. He also made the Postseason All-Star team for the first time in his career. Brujan also won a few other awards that include MLB.com’s organization All-Star and Baseball America’s Low Class-A All-Star.

What to Look for Today

This season Brujan has played in Class A and Double-A. So far he is batting .278 with four home runs and 31 RBI. In the field, Brujan is fielding .980 at second base and .899 at shortstop.

Vidal Brujan is an excellent hitter and has improved his power over these last two years. 2018 was his best, but this year he has already matched his second-highest total.

While Brujan might not be the best of fielders, he is a consistent hitter. If he can continue to improve on his fielding, then he can quickly become a great all-around player.

With Brujan currently in Double-A, Rays fans can expect him to be a few years out from the majors. He will still need some time in Double-A until he is called up next, so look for him to be a potential call-up in about three years.

Overall

Vidal Brujan is a solid player who can hit the ball and has greatly improved his power. At 21 years old, he will soon be entering his prime, so look for his talent only to continue to grow. There is a reason Brujan is ranked in the top 50 prospects by MLB.com, and for his current contract of only $15,000, he is a solid pickup. The decorated second baseman definitely has a shot at the majors.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. 3 years from a call up? Brujan will be 22 this winter and he’s already in AA. Seems like he’ll be quicker to the MLB than that…

  2. Brujan is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason and will be added to the 40-man roster. There is no way it takes him three years to reach the majors as a 40-man, top 50 prospect.

  3. There are so many things wrong with this “article”, I don’t even know where to begin…

    • Literally no one ever judges infielders based on putouts and assists. Why are you continually bringing up those meaningless stats for every season?

    • Like the other two comments said, 3 years away is an absurd overestimate. He’s going to be on the 40 man roster next year and is a top 50 prospect. He’ll be in the show by 2021, with an off-chance of getting some big league time as soon as next season.

    • Why are you bringing up his MiLB salary like it means something?? Literally no minor leaguer makes any type of significant salary. They are all bargains, there’s zero reason to point that out.

    • You really think a player enters their prime soon after they’re 21 years old? That’s far too early. Consensus for when a player’s prime begins is normally around their age 27 season.

    • Finally, “solid player” and “has a shot at the majors” lol. You clearly don’t comprehend Brujan’s value and his potential impact. I sincerely hope that you did not get paid to write this. I apologize if this is harsh, but it just astounds me that this is a published article. The lack of research and baseball knowledge in some of these blogs is mind boggling to me.

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