A native of Curacao, Shakir Albert is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ more physically imposing and well-built prospects, even as an extremely young and raw 20-year-old (DOB: December 24, 1996) who spent the summer briefly with Low-A Great Lakes and the AZL Dodgers. Powerful with broad shoulders and a frame bigger than his 6’0″, 185 lb. list size, Albert profiles well as a power-hitting outfielder who could develop into a significant over-the-fence threat from the right side of the plate. Slow development through the complex leagues over the last several years has limited his upside, though, and even though Albert is young with time to grow, he does need to start moving consistently.
The potential for 60-grade game power is there, and the already-deep farm system of the Los Angeles Dodgers could be holding yet another intriguing, bona fide prospect in Shakir Albert depending on some specific and consistent development in the coming seasons; to that end, 2018 should be a critical year for him. Below, we’ll dive into all that in our full Shakir Albert scouting report complete with game video, tool grades, and projection notes from his time in the Arizona League over the summer.
Shakir Albert Scouting Report, Los Angeles Dodgers — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: August 9; August 14; August 16
Shakir Albert Scouting Report, Los Angeles Dodgers — 2017 Game Video
Shakir Albert Scouting Report — Analysis & Future Projection
The 2018 season will be Shakir Albert’s fifth in professional baseball, and yet he has just 13 full-season at-bats to his name. That’s an issue, and he’ll turn 21 next month, which now has to be the perfect time for the Los Angeles Dodgers prospect to transition completely into Low-A Great Lakes next summer and prove himself on a full-season schedule. His power profile will carry there, even though approach issues and some plate coverage problems will make it a challenging adjustment for the powerful outfielder. The Curacao native is mature for his age with some natural leadership qualities, and I’m partial to guys from the island due to a multilingual upbringing that transitions well into being clubhouse ambassadors between teammates/cultures. That maturity ought to help him adjust into full-season ball, though the on-field concerns will remain.
Long term, it’s hard to ignore Shakir Albert’s obvious power potential, and that — combined with encouraging arm strength — would make him a corner outfielder at his ceiling. There’s a long way between here and there, though, and I think it’s probably more likely the Los Angeles Dodgers prospect turns into a power-first bench option, whether as a fourth/platoon outfielder, or an up-and-down pinch-hitting role player who will be primarily carried forward by his natural pop. Either way, it’ll be far easier to get a read on Shakir Albert once he gets to full-season ball and lives through that grind beyond the complex leagues, so… stay tuned for a year or two from now.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Raw, but power profile and athleticism push ceiling to everyday regular; may fall into power-hitting fourth/fifth outfielder role (45/50)
MLB ETA: 2021
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