Johan Rojas is the Readers’ selection as the #5 prospect.
Johan Rojas was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic on August 14, 2000. He was signed by the Phillies on January 18, 2018, at the age of seventeen.
2018: Rojas excelled in his only Dominican Summer League season. He batted .320/.376/.421 with 83 hits, 42 runs, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs in 292 plate appearances. He drew 18 walks (6.2%), struck out 37 times (12.7$%), and stole 19 bases in 27 attempts (70.1%).
2019: Eighteen-year-old Rojas came stateside and began the season in the Gulf Coast League where he continued to have success. He batted .311/.393/.527 in 18 games and was promoted to short-season Williamsport. He faced pitchers who were three years his senior and his batting suffered. However, he led both leagues in triples. In 256 combined plate appearances, he walked 14 times (5.6%) and struck out 41 times (16.0%). He was successful in 14 of his 20 attempted steals (70.0%).
2021: Rojas started at Low-A Clearwater and plodded along at a .240 clip until he visited the injured list in July. After a successful 3-hit rehab game in the Complex league, Rojas returned to Clearwater until he was bumped up to Jersey Shore at the start of September. He posted a .344/.419/.563 in 64 plate appearances for the BlueClaws. His combined slash was the beneficiary and he posted a .262/.329/.417. In 381 plate appearances, he had 15 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, 33 walks (8.7%), and 77 strikeouts (20.2%).
Before the 2021 season, a Prospects Live evaluator compiled the following report.
Physical Description: Average height. Lean build with some remaining physical projection. High waisted. Athletic. High IQ player.
Hit: Stands tall and open. Hands stay out front. Keeps his weight on his back leg as he loads. Moderate leg kick as he steps into the pitch. Well-timed swing that produces above-average bat speed. Mostly linear swing that creates line drive contact, but he does attack the ball from a downward plane at times. At its best, it’s a quick, efficient stroke that gets to the ball in a hurry. Beginning to lift the ball, but has produced more groundouts than flyouts in two abbreviated minor league seasons. Shows an average eye on pitches out of the zone. Can be aggressive at the plate, but has good feel for the barrel and does not strike out often. Added patience and pitch selection in the box would serve him well. His speed helps the tool play up. Grade: 45
Power: Above-average raw power that mostly plays as gap power during games. The ball jumps off the bat during BP. Generates a lot of line drive contact to the shallow and middle parts of the grass. Those balls will begin to carry as he physically matures and better barrels the ball. He has a quick bat and already creates a good amount of natural loft off the bat. There’s future average or better power in his bat if he continues to develop. Grade: 45
Field: Shows fluid actions in the grass. Quick out of his breaks and takes good routes. Can cover a lot of ground and has an above-average or better range in CF. Has experience with all three outfield positions, but may fit best in RF as he physically matures and loses a step. Grade: 55
Arm: Strong arm with good carry from the grass. High release point. Regularly hits the cutoff man and has enough arm strength to throw runners out across the infield. Grade: 55
Run: Plus runner; timed 4.17 down the line from the right side. Can take an extra base on balls hit to the grass. Keeps his head on a swivel on the basepaths. Hustles and plays all out. Quick out of his breaks and is a legitimate stolen base threat. Actively wants to take a base. Could steal double-digit bags at the next level. Grade: 60
Overall: Rojas is one of the more tooled-up players in the Phillies system. He’s yet to hit full-season ball, but there’s growing excitement with what he could become. If Rojas maxes out, he’s an above-average regular and someone that could contribute in all facets of the game. For now, he simply needs to further mature and turn those raw tools into skills.
Role: 50 – Average Everyday Regular
The report was written before he showed increased power with his 11 home runs in 2021.
Rojas becomes Rule 5 eligible after the 2022 season.