AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Buckeye’s Rocky Botello (Uncommitted)
Buckeye’s Union High School outfielder Heraclio (Rocky) Botello is a name that probably isn’t familiar to many Arizona baseball fans.
Buckeye is not the highest profile high school program around, and you don’t see Rocky running around from showcase to showcase in the summer and fall.
But if you get an opportunity to see Buckeye play, you can’t miss the athleticism that jumps out at you right off the bat.
Rocky plays center field and hits lead off for the Hawks. At 5-9 150 pounds he won’t intimidate anybody physically, but he’s a quick twitch athlete that is a plus runner with a ton of projection.
At the plate Rocky sets up in a semi-crouched stance and has a flat bat path that keeps the barrel in the hitting zone a long time.
Rocky recently ran a blazing 6.46 60 yard dash at the AZDR Fall Showcase, and he’s a blast to watch on the base paths. A walk or a hit usually turns into a triple very quickly.
Rocky stole 24 bases for Buckeye last spring, in addition to hitting .500 with a .526 on base percentage and an OPS of 1.156.
Defensively he covers a ton of ground in center field and has a strong arm, throwing 84 MPH from the outfield.
For his efforts last spring Rocky was named to the 4A Southwest Region All-Region 1st Team.
In the summer, Rocky and his twin brother Demetrio compete for Arizona RBI.
This summer the team earned a spot in the Major League Baseball sponsored RBI World Series in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Academically, Rocky is a 4.0 student and is a serious young man with a strong interest in playing college baseball.
He is currently in discussion with several schools, but has not committed.
Rocky Botello is a player who will definitely help a college program in 2019.