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Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Topic Start: July 15, 2021, 12:31:01 PM »
Name: Steven Oneil Fuentes
Born: May 4, 1997 in Puerto Armuelles, Panama
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Signed as an international free agent in 2013

Put on the 40-man in October, 2020. Currently on the 60-day DL with a right shoulder strain.

https://www.mlb.com/prospects/nationals/steven-fuentes-651002

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A $35,000 signee out of Panama in July 2013, Fuentes wasn’t on many radars through the first three seasons of his Minor League career until his breakout as a reliever in 2018. The right-hander posted a 2.78 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP with 70 strikeouts in 68 innings at two Class A levels that campaign. After another dominant stretch at Class A Advanced Potomac in 2019, the Nationals bumped Fuentes to a starting spot at Double-A Harrisburg and he continued to succeed despite the change in role and jump in competition. That rise came to a halt when Fuentes was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He still participated in last year’s alternate site, instructs and winter ball in Panama and was added to the 40-man roster in October.

Fuentes got ground balls on 53.6 percent of his batted balls in 2019, the fourth-highest rate among Nats farmhands with at least 80 innings. He accomplishes that with a fastball that typically sits in the low 90s and comes with a good amount of sinking action. His changeup earns solid marks for its ability to look very similar to the fastball coming out of the hand. His slider could determine his future role. It can show good depth when he stays on top of it but can get too sweepy at times, making it more of an average offering right now.

The suspension in 2019 and the lost 2020 season hurt Fuentes as much as anyone in the Washington system. The Nationals are likely to continue his starting progression when he returns to the upper Minors in 2021, but the organization views him long term as someone more likely to eat innings coming out of the bullpen and help out in the rotation in a pinch.

Was getting absolutely rocked at Rochester prior to the injury: 14.09 ERA in 7.2IP, 4Ks, 8BBs

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #1: July 15, 2021, 12:32:48 PM »
Been a fan of this guy minus the PED suspensions and the awful performance this year. Still fairly young though and his swing man profile gives me visions of yusmeiro petit

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #2: July 15, 2021, 01:53:39 PM »
Beat me to this one imref. Hopefully he is able to get off the IL soon in Rochester and get back on the mound.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #3: July 15, 2021, 03:40:29 PM »
Beat me to this one imref. Hopefully he is able to get off the IL soon in Rochester and get back on the mound.

there are still a few more in the prospect list without pages. :)

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #4: August 31, 2021, 05:45:04 PM »
Rehabbing with Harrisburg now.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #5: September 10, 2021, 03:48:46 PM »
Started last night for Harrisburg:

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Steven Fuentes made his second rehab start for the Senators and went 5.1 innings allowing five runs, all earned. He was touched for four solo home runs. He struck out four and walked two.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #6: September 14, 2021, 10:46:22 AM »
Fuentes is back with Rochester after completing his rehab assignment.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #7: September 16, 2021, 03:06:01 PM »
Fuentes collapse last night: 10 runs in the first three innings.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #8: September 16, 2021, 03:15:57 PM »
Fuentes collapse last night: 10 runs in the first three innings.

call him up, he can help our tankathon!

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Steven Fuentes, RHP
« Reply #9: September 16, 2021, 03:19:15 PM »
Fuentes collapse last night: 10 runs in the first three innings.
Call him Daisy.