In the first two seasons of his career, Carlos Jorge was among the best offensive players in both of the leagues that he played in. He hit for average and for power while also stealing plenty of bases at a high rate.
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After performing well at both complex levels for the Reds, Cincinnati sent Carlos Jorge to join the Single-A Daytona Tortugas to begin the 2023 season. He got out to a solid start in the first two weeks in Daytona, but it was the final week of April that saw him really catch fire. In the final five games of the month he went 10-20 with three extra-base hits. Jorge carried that hot hitting forward with him for the first three weeks of May, too, hitting .361 in 16 games before going into a month long slump from May 24th through June 23rd where he hit just .180. He did walk nearly as often as he struck out in that stretch, with just one more strikeout than he had walks, but the hits just weren’t showing up.
On June 24th he went 1-3 against Palm Beach and didn’t look back for the next six weeks. In 28 games through August 9th he hit .330/.448/.575 with 17 walks and just 20 strikeouts. Following a doubleheader on the 9th he was promoted up to join High-A Dayton.
Carlos Jorge got out to a slow start with Dayton, going 1-14 in his first four games and he struck out eight times. During this time he also began to see regular time in center field, though he was still getting some playing time at second base. On August 17th – his 5th game with Dayton – he would pick up two hits in Fort Wayne. He seemed to settle in at the plate from there, hitting .270 the rest of the season (19 games).
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Carlos Jorge Scouting Report
Position: Second Base/Center Field | B/T: L/R
Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 160 lbs. | Acquired: International FA (2021) | Born: September 22, 2003
Hitting | He has an above-average hit tool.
Power | He has fringe-average power.
Speed | He shows plus speed.
Defense | He’s an average defender.
Arm | He has average arm strength.
Much like the past, Carlos Jorge was one of the best hitters in the league he was playing in during much of the 2023 season. He had the highest OPS in the Florida State League among players with at least 250 plate appearances and he did so while also stealing 31 bases in 86 games played with the Tortugas. Offensively he showed everything you want to see – particularly in Daytona. Once he got to Dayton he didn’t walk much, but he was only there for a month and did start to do better at the plate the more time he had in the league.
At the plate he’s got a pull heavy approach, but it’s worked well for him. He showed off good power numbers when he pulled the ball and when he hit the ball to center. His slugging percentage in the minors isn’t quite indicative of his likely future power potential. That’s not to say he’s incapable of hitting for power – he’s got a little bit of pop and could hit 15-20 homers in the future. But he’s able to use his plus speed to pick up some extra bases that help boost his slugging percentage a little bit, too.
Speaking of that speed, it helped him leg out 22 infield hits in 2023. It also helped him steal 32 bases – making him 86-for-104 in his 198 professional games played in the last three seasons. It may also eventually allow him to be a strong defender in center if that’s where he winds up on the defensive spectrum…..
Currently he’s much better at second base than in center field. That’s not much of a surprise given that he’s long been an infielder and he’s just now getting time in the outfield. With that said, he’s got the tools to be a good defender in center and the tools to be a solid defender at second base. He’s going to need to get more reps and experience in center, but it could be the landing spot for him down the road.
There’s a chance that Carlos Jorge can be a 5-tool player in the future. He still needs to improve defensively – particularly in center – but he’s got a profile that could make him an above-average offensive player at either second or in center.
Carlos Jorge Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Carlos Jorge
His OPS against left-handed pitchers was 205 points higher than it was against right-handed pitchers on the season.