Daniel Vellojin spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .314 in the 2019 campaign. After missing the 2020 season due to the cancelled season the Reds sent the catcher to Low-A Daytona where he joined the Tortugas. The first week of the season was a bit of a struggle as Vellojin went 1-10, picking up a double and walking six times in that stretch. Over the final two weeks of May things picked up, though, as he went 8-22 (.364) with another six walks and three more doubles in eight games to round out the month.
June began with a bit of a slump for the 21-year-old catcher. In the first three weeks he hit just .200, but did walked nine times and pick up his first two home runs. The following two weeks saw him hit .273 with five doubles. But another slump followed up as he went 1-22 from July 5th through July 17th. A hot streak followed up over the next three weeks as he went 21-65 (.323) with eight extra-base hits and 15 walks. Like earlier parts of the year, though, a slump followed as he went 1-17 in the next week-and-a-half. The final month would see a strong finish for Daniel Vellojin. In the final 18 games from August 24th through the final game on September 18th he went 19-64 (.297) with 14 walks and five extra-base hits.
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Daniel Vellojin Scouting Report
Position: Catcher | B/T: L/R
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 160 lbs | Acquired: International FA (2018)
Born: March 15, 2000
Hitting | He has a below-average hit-tool.
Power | He has below-average power potential.
Speed | As it is with most catchers, he’s a well below-average runner.
Defense | He has above-average defense.
Arm | He has a plus arm.
Behind the plate is where Daniel Vellojin sticks out. He’s well regarded for his defense, showing a strong arm that helps control the running game, a good ability to call the game, and shows soft and quiet hands. Defensively he’s got everything you want to see from a big-league caliber defender.
At the plate there are some things to like. Most catchers have at least a solid eye at the plate given how often they see pitches. For Daniel Vellojin, though, his eye and understanding of the strikezone really sticks out. He walked nearly as often as he struck out in 2021 and while the weird situation with the Low-A Southeast and the automated strikezone played out in weird ways for much of the league, his eye still stood out among his peers.
There were times during the year that he struggled to hit, though. You can see that reflected in his .247 average as well as the ups-and-downs he had throughout the year with the bat. He can and does use the entire field – going to both left and center more often than his pull side in 2021, though most of his power was to the pull side. Finding a bit more consistency could be key for Vellojin. He’s got a chance to be a big league starter behind the plate due to his defense, but if his bat develops a little bit things could get interesting.
Daniel Vellojin Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Daniel Vellojin
He threw out 43% of attempted base stealers in 2021.
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