RIJO, WENDELL

Position: Shortstop, Second Base

DOB: September 4, 1995

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 170

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Red Sox (July 7, 2016)

Profile: Acquired from Boston as part of a July 2015 trade that sent infielder Aaron Hill to the Red Sox, Rijo was originally signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 for $575,000 but suffered a torn ACL that kept him out of action until later in the 2013 season when he suited up for the Red Sox GCL affiliate. He moved up to Low-A Greenville in 2014 and spent 2015 at High-A Salem. Rijo opened 2016 at Double-A Portland before being sent back to Salem in late June and after being traded to Milwaukee, he joined the Brewers High-A affiliate in Brevard County where he finished out the season. Having seen time at both second base and shortstop, the consensus is that Rijo is probably better suited for second due to his fringy arm. A line drive hitter who can occasionally muscle up and drive the ball, Rijo has a patient approach at the plate and isn’t afraid to take a walk, drawing 144 free passes in his minor league career.

2013: After bouncing back from and ACL injury, Rijo made his pro debut with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League in June of 2013. In 49 games, he hit .271/.368/.359, scoring 28 runs and driving in 20 before being briefly moved up to Lowell in the New York-Penn League for three more games in September.

2014: The Red Sox aggressively placed Rijo at Low-A Greenville to start the 2014 season and he held his own as an 18-year-old in the South Atlantic League, batting .254/.348/.416 while showing surprising power with 27 doubles, six triples and nine home runs. As one of the youngest players in the league, Rijo scored 56 runs while knocking in 46 and he also stole 16 bases.

2015: Rijo opened up 2015 at High-A Salem and again managed similar numbers despite being very young for the Carolina League. In 108 games, he hit 260/.324/.381, collecting 27 doubles to go along with a pair of triples and six home runs, while scoring 47 runs and also driving in 47.

2016: Boston continued their aggressive approach with Rijo, sending him to Double-A Portland to start the 2016 campaign. He struggled in 51 games there however, batting just .186 with one home run and was sent back down to Salem in late June. He appeared in just 11 games there before being dealt to Milwaukee in early July, then joined the Brewers High-A squad in Brevard County. Over the final 50 games of the season, Rijo hit .202 while seeing time at both second base and shortstop with the Manatees.