2013 Astros International Free Agent Signing Profile- Nestor Tejada

A lefty-hitting outfielder with some pop, Tejada is a bit small in stature but shows some nice skills nonetheless.

Tale of the Tape

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 178 lbs.

Date of Birth: 4/17/1997

Bonus: Not yet released

Summary

Nestor Tejada turned 16 not three months ago, but he's got some meat on his bones and some offensive upside. A stocky 5'10", Tejada doesn't have ideal height for the outfield but at his age it's possible he's not done growing. He has a thick lower half that he really puts behind the ball at the plate. His swing is very level with moderate length and he extends well. He produces a lot of loft and backspin and has the body of a hitter with some power with broad hips and shoulders. His bat stays in the hitting zone a long time and he has good bat speed. He can really hit the ball with some juice when he gets through it. He's still an infant by prospect standards but he has the raw talent to turn into a player to watch as a hitter.

On defense, Tejada has enough speed to play center field. He moves well with good footwork and shows some solid future arm strength. Given the lack of information out there on Tejada, it's tough to really get a feel for his tools, approach and other things of that nature, but he has a good frame and a nifty swing, and that alone makes him a guy to watch whenever he pops up in the DSL.

Floor

Even though I'm intrigued by him, there's a significant chance he falls short of the majors just because of his age and rawness.

Ceiling

A solid center fielder with some power and a lefty bat.

Video/Quotes

ACADEMIA CARLOS GUILLEN - NESTOR TEJADA (via Academia Carlos Guillen)

ACADEMIA CARLOS GUILLEN - NESTOR TEJADA (via Academia Carlos Guillen)

Ben Badler (Baseball America)

Tejada, a 16-year-old lefty, performed well at the 15U World Championship in Mexico last August and stands out more in games than in tryouts, although his speed is above-average and should allow him to play center field. Tejada trained at Carlos Guillen’s academy.

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