Western Oklahoma State has a history of finding talent in the Caribbean, including Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Aruban Sicnarf Loopstok, chosen by the Indians in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft, is the latest example.
Loopstok, who speaks five languages, seems to have an innate ability to put the barrel of the bat on the ball, but he will need to rein in his free-swinging ways when he begins to see better pitching as a professional.
"Really good catch-throw skills, with a developing bat" is how Loopstok was described by Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting.
Defensively, Loopstok's strong arm plays well behind the plate. In addition, Western Oklahoma had a glut of catchers this year, and Loopstok's athleticism allowed him to also play second base and third base.
Loopstok's 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame would seem to fit best behind the plate, but his versatility gives teams several options to consider.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less