Jermaine Palacios: SS Cedar Rapids Kernels
Born: July 19, 1996Barquisimeto Venezuela
Signed: International Free Agent in 2013 out of Venezuela
Palacios played in the DSL in 2014 after signing as 17 year old international free agent. His signing bonus is a mystery waiting to be solved.
Palacios Split 2015 between the GCL Twins and Elizabethton. He played in 26 and 31 games respectively hitting a combined 370/398/540 for a 939 OPS. He had 23 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, and 9 stolen bases in 235 at bats. His bat opened eyes early pushing him up prospect charts rapidly but 16 errors in Elizabethton (20 combined on the season) also left a lot of people concerned about his ability to stay at short. He finished the year with a 918 FPCT.
In 2016 Palacios was a little snake bitten. He began the year slowly in CR but just when his bat picked up and just as his numbers began to rise, he went on the DL and lost much of the rest of the season. He finished 222/276/287 with a 564 OPS in 261 at bats. His FPCT rose to 952 on 14 errors so while his bat was disappointing, hope grew that the glove might come around.
2017 has been a year to redeem himself at the same level and Palacios is doing just that so far. In his first 68 at bats, he has hit 397/438/574 with a 1012 OPS. This year he has two errors with a FPCT of 972. He has already tied last years 3 triples and 3 home runs. It is early but if he can keep up this pace, I would predict a mid-season promotion to the Miracle right after his appearance in the Midwest league all star game.
Edited by goulik, 25 April 2017 - 02:41 PM.