Jadher Areinamo is a young shortstop prospect in the Brewers system that is someone I believe the Brewers have an eye on. I spent last summer working for the Timber Rattlers, and when they had some injuries in the middle of the infield, instead of turning towards a guy at Carolina or a guy like Eduardo Garcia, they chose to bring up Jadher instead, who was almost a full 5 years younger than the average High A player. Let’s dive deeper into who Jadher Areinamo is.
Jadher Areinamo was signed unofficially in 2018 with the Brewers and then signed for real on January 15th, 2021 for $150,000. He is from Maracay, Venezuela and is 19 years old (DOB: 11/28/2003) and is 5’10, 160 lbs. Areinamo is a primary shortstop but got some time in at second and third along his three stops during the ‘22 season at the Complex League, Carolina, and Wisconsin. He also played the 2021 season in the Dominican Summer League. Here are his stats from that league for 2021:
Jadher Areinamo is not a power guy by any means. Throughout his two years in the minors, he has only hit 1 homerun. However, he has slashed a .284/.367/.366 across 113 games, having amassed 20 2B, 5 3B, and has stolen 11 bases (albeit being caught stealing 9 times). Those numbers are not eye-popping whatsoever, so why is he a guy that not only the Brewers look at highly enough to send him to High A last year for a few games, but also why is MLB Pipeline ranking him in the Brewers Top 30 (more on that later)? Well, for being only 17 and 18 years old, he only strikes out 13.7% of the time (63 K’s over 460 PA). That is an impressive clip for someone that is just making his start in Pro Ball. Oh, and he is consistently much younger than his fellow players at each level, being almost a year younger in the Dominican Summer League, 2 years younger at the ACL, 3 years younger at A Ball, and 4.3 years younger at A+. His time at Wisconsin was not very good however, accruing a .077 average with 8 K’s, but he went there for 7 games and never really caught his footing, so I would not lean on that too much. Overall, he will never wow anyone with power numbers or speed numbers, but he will get on base and hit the ball in play. I would also expect him to eventually put on some muscle at some point, so maybe even expect to see more doubles in Areinamo’s future. Here are his stats from last season:
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Areinamo will probably look to be a defense minded player if he wants to make the Majors, and he has potential to be just that. Last season he played 2B and SS for all three levels (ACL, A, A+) and played some 3B at ACL and A. Throughout the season, he had 225 chances and had 10 errors across all three positions, including 6 at 2B. That’s a .956 Fld%, which is pretty good for a kid that young playing above his age. Overall, I see Areinamo sliding over to 2B, as that is where he has the most experience and his best range factor, as well as his size. Though, it would not hurt him to continue getting reps at all three positions so as to show that he is versatile, something the Brewers love and do often with minor league guys. Areinamo has potential to be solid in the field, and I think with more experience he will only show more of his promise on that side of the ball. Here are his defensive stats from last season:
So, Where Does He Rank?
FanGraphs: 16th in Brewers System
MLB Pipeline: 22nd in Brewers System
Jadher Areinamo is a name that I think Brewers fans should keep an eye on. Teams do not just throw anyone from the Dominican Summer League to High A for no reason. They want to see if he has what it takes to play at that level, no matter if he was an injury replacement or not. While he did not succeed there by any means, the team still sees something in him, and so do MLB Pipeline and FanGraphs. MLB Pipeline states “Listed at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Areinamo isn’t going to pop in a workout, or to anyone giving a quick look at the field, but he finds meaningful ways to contribute, starting with his work at the dish. The right-handed hitter is mature in his approach at the plate with a willingness to fight pitches off and go the other way when needed. He’ll flash some quick hands in his pre-swing setup but manages to control the bat well enough to find barrels and limit strikeouts. There isn’t much power in that frame, calling into question just how valuable he can be offensively”. Be on the lookout for the young infielder this season to make some valuable strides forward.
All stats and info found from FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, and MLB Pipeline