Oscar "Moisés" Tejeda (born December 26, 1989 in San Cristobal, DR), was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an International Free Agent in July of 2006. He prefers the name Oscar.
- Amazing athlete with the tools to advance quickly through the system. His strongest tools are his speed, on base ability, and a strong arm. Excellent bat speed with a smooth swing. Below average power at this point, and doesn't project to be a big power hitter down the line, but he's still very young and he could fill out. Plate discipline could use some improvement. Average to above average glove at SS, very good range, but Tejeda has made a lot of errors early on as he attempts too many off balance throws. If he fills out his body more, he could be moved to 3B or CF. Scouts loved him coming out of the Dominican in the summer of 2006, and he signed with the Red Sox for $525,000. Has impressed with his maturity and intellect for his age. ~ SoxProspects.com
- Tejada is an athletic shortstop prospect with a big-time arm and high batting potential. Some believe that his defense may cause him to outgrow shortstop and move to third base or the outfield in the future.
Minor League Career
- 2007: Oscar began career with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2007, batting .295/.344/.399/.743 OPS, with only 27 strikeouts in 173 ABs before an August 15th promotion to Lowell. Once promoted to the Spinners, he proceeded to hit .298/.347/.394 in 94 AB's
- 2006: Tejada signed July 2, 2006 as a 16-year old international free agent, out of the Dominican Republic, by scout Luis Scheker. He received a $525,00 bonus (elsewhere reported at $550,000).
- Red Sox Director of International Scouting, Craig Shipley
- "Oscar [Moises] has a lot of bat speed [and] gap power now. We're projecting that he will develop full power in the future. He has very good hands at shortstop, an intelligent player, knows how to play the game." ~ RedSox.com
- A Major League Scouting Director told Baseball America
- "Tejeda is (Alfonso) Soriano with better hands. I don't know if they're going to keep him at shortstop because he isn't real clean there right now, but at age 14 he had an average big league arm. And he just rakes." ~ Baseball America
- Was also a pitcher before he signed. He threw a low 90s fastball.
- Ranked fourth on ESPN's ranking of the newly available Latin American prospects in 2006. ~ ESPN.com
- Ranked by Baseball America as the Gulf Coast League's #7 prospect, and the NY Penn League's #8 prospect in 2007.
- Rated by Baseball America as the 9th best prospect in the Red Sox system in 2008.