Here are the two "Scouting Reports" I could find on the kid. Anyone who is a better Googler than I can add content below
The only article I could find on him was in Spanish. I gathered that he is from Mexico, 18 years old and has a 94-96 MPH fastball.
"He pitched two days ago with a high of 95".....um, is he a reliever by trade at this point or are they abusing him a bit?
regardless, those are good numbers... at 18, he's still going to add a few ticks to that fastball as he ages... So 95 in relief now might be 98 by the time he reaches the bigs... or it might be 94/95 as a starter at that point. Not going to complain.
Hablo espanol. The info seems limited. Like others have mentioned he is 18 and hits the mid to upper 90s. He was playing for school called Academia del Carmen in Monterrey which appears to be a baseball park/academy that is connected to a High School. He drew attention from the Yankees, Boston, Texas, and KC. i read that he will try to play for a team on Sonora called the Naranjeros in the meantime and then report to the Twins next winter where he most likely go the rookie league in FLA. I will reach out to a coworker about Academia del Carmen. With any luck it is Cretin Derhum Hall south campus.
I would like some info on his frame. I have read people who say JO Berrios has low ceiling because he may not grow much more. I don't know if that is true and I hope it is not but it would be interesting to see how Zazueta is built for comparison.
How is he built?
You can get more if you search: Leonel Zazueta beisbol
Here is a write-up from February of 2011 when he was just 16, titled "A golden prospect"... (Must just turned 18). My Spanish is getting crusty but here is the basics: Pretty much the biggest prospect in his area. Was linked heavily to the Yankees. Short and Stout for a 16 year old. (5'10"ish and 190ish) His FB was around 92 back then and he though he can do better. His nickname for some reason is "Witch" (which could be the equivalent of "Wizard" in English). He has been an outfielder as well and is pretty good with glove (the Spanish word for a "fielder" is the same as for "gardener". Go figure) He signed into that academy right then. Of course, he is also described as a "Diamond in rough"...
Other tidbit from here and there: Selected at the Mexican National team for 15-16 year olds.
I don't think the Twins had much to spend so he must not have gotten a huge bonus.
Sonora Naranjeros? What is that, like the "orange pickers" or something?
I wonder if the Twins had more international money left in their wallet than the Yankees, or if the Yankees just backed off of the kid for some reason.
I always enjoy google translate - you get the general idea, even if you have to ignore certain eccentricities:
The Sonoran pitcher Leonel Zazueta was signed by the Minnesota Twins organization leaguer.
The right Hermosillo 18 Naranjeros belongs to Hermosillo and Monterrey Sultans LMP summer
He was in the Academy Del Carmen in California where he was visited by scouts from different teams as the Yankees, Texas Boston and Kansas City, but the best was the Twins. The tall and burly pitcher has as main gun with an impressive line ranging between 94 and 96 mph. For now the young will report early with Naranjeros and try to earn a spot in the bullpen. Accrue to Minnesota in February for spring trainning, where surely be sent to the Florida League Roockie.
The place where Google failed you was its assumption that Monterrey was CA. That is Monterrey, Mexico in Nuevo Leon. It is a couple hours south of the Texas border and towards the Carribean side.
good to see the Twins tapping into almost every market. Mexico has had good prospects as of late.. one thing for sure is the Twins aren't slacking in this department.
My brother teaches spanish in college and he translated that he has hard, heavy, fastball that sinks/runs. He also has a "lanky" build which is always encouraging when looking at a youngster