After a strong season in 2021 with the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, Daniel Vellojin’s 2022 season didn’t get out to the start he would have preferred. The catcher missed the first six weeks of the season after a hamate bone injury in spring training. When he returned to the field he was sent to Daytona for 20 games before moving up to Dayton where he played in 21 games. He then moved up to Double-A Chattanooga where he played in 29 games before the season came to an end. In his 271 plate appearances he hit just .199/.327/.358 – hitting well in Dayton, but hitting under .200 in both Daytona and Chattanooga during the year.
After only playing in 70 games during the season, the 22-year-old headed back home and joined the Vaqueros de Monteria in the Colombian Professional Baseball League (the Colombian Winter League). Vellojin has been on an absolute tear this winter and is leading the league in home runs and by a wide margin.
Friday night saw him continue his offensive outburst. In a Vaqueros win, Vellojin went 3-4 with two doubles and his 11th home run. No one else in the league has more than eight home runs. His two doubles on the night gave him 10 for the season, which is tied for 7th in the league.
Through 36 games played and 164 plate appearances, Daniel Vellojin is hitting .298/.433/.626 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 29 walks, and 29 strikeouts. He has more extra-base hits than he does singles (18 singles, 21 extra-base hits). Vellojin has seen time behind the plate and at first base, but also has a few starts as the team’s designated hitter.