Kelvin Beltre Scouting Report
Name: Kelvin Beltre
Position: Infield (2B, SS, 3B)
Birthdate: September 25, 1996
Ht/Wt: 5’11”, 170 lbs.
Hometown: Santo Domingo Centro, Dom. Rep.
High School: None
Report Date(s) — June 29 – July 3, 2018
Affiliate (League): San Jose Giants (California League)
Level (Org): A-Advanced (San Francisco Giants)
Body/Physical: Lean with some wiry strength through frame; some room left to grow into his body with a bit of physical projection/upside remaining to fill out and add muscle. Decently strong with more coming, should be durable enough to withstand daily grind, but not a significant physical specimen; ultimately average size at best. Lean, thin lower half at present; strong core. Playing some shortstop now, but feels more like a third baseman (maybe second base?) when he fills out, gains weight; not enough foot speed/quickness with frame to stick at short (more on that below).
Makeup/Intangibles: Significant makeup/character questions both internally and through observation here; take it with a grain of salt, but rumor mill unkind to Kelvin Beltre — rumbles questioning his work/reputation as a teammate in house. More observationally, he plainly showed a tendency to shut down, pout, complain after several major defensive miscues across long five-game series in Visalia; didn’t show out well at all there; lacked ability to wipe the slate and move on mentally after defensive mistakes. Errors themselves were one thing, but he dwelled on it, failed to make mental adjustments; mistakes compounded physically, and things continued to get worse. Immaturity here without question, but one must wonder whether it’ll improve in time considering his age, or if these are more deeply ingrained as personality traits and will be tougher to iron out. Regardless, Kelvin Beltre did not make a great first (long) impression in this area.
Analysis/Projection: Undoubtedly, this was not a good first impression of Kelvin Beltre; there’s ample room to improve with quite a bit to work on here on both sides of the ball. To be fair to him, he’s a good-enough athlete with age on his side, and he flashed some occasionally impressive raw tools on occasion, suggesting there is talent here, though it shows itself infrequently/inconsistently. No need to weigh in this bad showing too strongly, and so I’m content to keep his ceiling up slightly just based on upside/athleticism alone, and the potential for him to further develop those raw tools. To that end, I think it’s possible he winds up a platoon/bench option across the middle infield. It’s unlikely you’ll see him stick at shortstop defensively, and while a move to third may be more natural for his glove to hit ceiling, I’m skeptical he’ll hit enough to justify an everyday role there. Lots of work to come for Kelvin Beltre, no doubt; this is a tough report to read, I’m sure, but there’s still plenty of time/room to develop and work towards what could be a valuable role for the San Francisco Giants.
Overall Future Potential (Realistic Role): 45 FV (Infield Platoon/Bench Depth)
MLB ETA: 2021
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