South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 77: Anthony Coronado

Fast mover: Still young, Coronado saw his offensive production spike last season in Arizona. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)

Anthony Coronado
Left Fielder
180 pounds
Age: 19
SSHP rank among all left fielders in the system: 5

Part of the same 2016 international signing class as Anderson Comas, Venezuelan outfielder Anthony Coronado received a significantly smaller signing bonus of $150,000. Baseball America’s Ben Badler said this of him at the time, “He’s 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with above-average speed and a fringy arm. He’s a right-handed hitter with gap power now but the physical projection to hit 12-15 home runs down the road, though there is swing-and-miss in his game.”

Coronado acquitted himself nicely in his first professional season in 2017, as he combined with the AZL and DSL squads in 58 games to produce a .265/.354/.425 slash line with 20 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs, one stolen base, 17 walks (7.4%) and 60 strikeouts (26.1%). However, he struggled in his first full season with the AZL squad in 2018 (in part due to lack of consistent playing time) as he slashed just .145/.229/.194 in 21 games with one double, one triple, four RBIs, six walks (8.6%) and 23 strikeouts (32.9%).   

Coronado’s playing time increased in 2019, and his results reflect this. In 28 games totaling 101 at-bats with the AZL White Sox, he slashed a respectable .307/.358/.475 with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 14 RBIs, five walks (4.6%) and 27 strikeouts (24.8%). Even though this was Coronado’s second full season playing for the team, he was still a tad younger than league average. Although he played some right field this past season, Coronado really does profile best at left due to his fringy arm. In all likelihood, he’ll begin 2020 with Great Falls.

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Despite my entire family being Cub fans, I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on the radio as I listened to the entire season of the South Side Hit Men of '77. While it's true I have a myriad of other interests (American history, classic literature, classic rock, classic country, blues, jazz, gardening, family,etc.--not all in that order), few things aside from family surpass my interest in all things baseball--especially the White Sox.

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