Luis Alejandro Basabe Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: Infield (2B)
Height/Weight: 5’10”, 160 lbs.
Bats/Throws: S/R
Birthdate: August 26, 1996
Hometown: El Vigia, Venez.
School: None
FV (20-80): 50 (Everyday Second Baseman)
MLB ETA: 2020

Dates Observed: June 29 – July 3, 2018

Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Slumping a little bit statistically (5-for-32 in ten-game stretch) but putting some really good swings on the ball despite; hitting line drives right at people, particularly line drives to center and right fielders while hitting from the left side of the plate; aggressive hitter, will hack early if he gets a pitch in the zone, but knows his strike zone well enough to really discipline himself to it. Knows what he wants and what he’s looking for, and he’ll go after it. Got off quite a few ‘A’ swings in my look here; good contact, feel for barrel, stuff just isn’t falling right now. Barrel control and contact skills should play at higher levels, even without much power; Basabe is going to turn into a sneaky-good ballplayer if development continues, particularly on offensive side … Defensively, Luis Alejandro Basabe put on another solid, consistent show at second base in my second long look here; runs in on the ball very well, throws well on the run, all-around solid infielder who moves well for the unique angles of the position at second. I like him a lot; good ballplayer, sneaky-good prospect for the Diamondbacks; interested to see where his trajectory takes him in another eighteen months.

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Dates Observed: May 21 – 24, 2018

Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Versatile switch-hitter and flexible middle infield-type acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Brad Ziegler trade with the Boston Red Sox. Switch hitter, but liked him a lot more from the left side in my late May look; better balance there with more consistent ability to get the ball in the air with some authority; few line drives with a little bit of bat speed and barrel control there, too; reminds me of a slightly more offensively-gifted version of Sergio Alcantara. Advanced approach at the plate, especially for his age relative to level; good feel for the barrel and strong hands/wrists to manipulate some at contact with occasional sneaky pop, though very little raw power at present or likely future … 4.19 up the line, 4.54 on the turn, and 8.08 on a stand-up double, all from the LHH box; decent foot speed on the bases which translates into better lateral quickness in the infield. Moves well defensively, particularly in and to his backhand; made a couple very nice plays with good, difficult throws on the run in my look. Soft hands, quick exchange, quick release; raw arm strength is OK, accuracy is above-average. Some work to come to improve consistency, but tools are there; reps and execution will continue to come. Luis Alejandro Basabe could work his way into the role of an everyday second baseman at ceiling, though it may be more likely he fall back into a platoon/utility man role ahead. Regardless, it’s nice to see the bat is really starting to come through this season; if that continues, he’ll force the Arizona Diamondbacks’ hand about his future.

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