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Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 215 lb. Born: January 10, 1988 in Romana, DR
Since his second year in the Chicago Cubs organization in 2007, Rafael Dolis had been used in a starter's role, as he was one of the best pitchers in the system. However, most project him as a late inning, power-arm reliever so Dolis has been converted into a bullpen guy this season. His stellar first half out of the pen earned him Southern League All-Star honors in 2011. The Cubs called up Dolis September 19, 2011 after the Smokies were eliminated in the SL Championship Series. He made one appearance for the big league club and tossed a scoreless inning and a third with a strikeout. He is currently the 10th best prospect in the Cubs system, according to miCubs.
Here's the prospect writeup:
"When you take a look at the Cubs strong contingent of young, power-armed relievers, Dolis is at the forefront. After spending his first five years in the Cubs system primarily as a starter, Dolis made the full-time move to reliever in 2011. In 51 games with Double-A Tennessee, the 24 year-old reliever went 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA and 17 saves. In 72.2 innings, he allowed 61 hits with 35 walks and 48 strikeouts. At one point, he recorded 18 straight scoreless outings. He made his ML debut last September and pitched a scoreless inning and a third. Dolis can touch triple digits with his heater and has the potential of being the Cubs closer, or at the very least an eighth inning guy down the road. He’ll likely begin the season at Triple-A Iowa."