Luis Alejandro Basabe Second Base-Shortstop


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Born: August 26, 1996
El Vigia, Venezuela
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (August 2012)

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Trade Anaylsis: Scouting the prospects dealt for Ziegler (7.9.16)

Traded to Arizona with Jose Almonte for Brad Ziegler (July 2016)

Physical Description: Athletic, lean. Slightly undersized. Has room for added strength. 

Hit: Same stance from both sides of the plate. Square, utilizes a toe-tap timing device. Plus bat speed from both sides. Short, level swing. Quick hands, strong feel for hit. Advanced approach for age. Has shown a willingness to use all fields. Strong understanding of strike zone and solid pitch recognition skills. Doesn't do a great job incorporating lower half in swing yet. Potential average-to-better hit tool.

Power: Sneaky power for someone his size; average raw power. Potential below-average game power. Swing isn't tailored to hit home runs, more hard contact into the gaps. Can pull hands in and turn on ball inside. Limited power to the opposite field.

Arm: Average arm. Enough for second base. Could pass at other positions, but not for an extended period of time. 

Field: Average potential at second base. Doesn't have the greatest instincts or fluidity. Struggles with footowork especially when making throw on double play coming across second base bag. Not a natural fielder and doesn't have the softest hands. Will get better with more experience.

Run: Above-average speed. Has been caught stealing too much in the low minors for someone with his speed.

Career Notes: Relatively new to the game of baseball and only started playing baseball a year or so before signing. Comes from a part of Venezuela near the Colombia border where soccer is far more popular than baseball. Twin brother Luis Alexander is an outfielder in the Red Sox system.

Summation: Ceiling of a regular at second base. Reasonably high floor for someone his age due to advanced feel at the plate. Doesn't have the raw tools his brother has, but much more polished player overall. Most likely outcome is he develops into a solid utility player. If he reaches his potential, could be a bat first second basement capable of hitting .280 with 10-15 home runs a year.

  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2013 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 16 58 156 25 30 5 4 1 14 46 33 48 9 2 0.192 0.332 0.295 0.627
  2014 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 30 99 19 22 3 1 0 6 27 28 25 9 1 0.222 0.403 0.273 0.676
  2015 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 28 100  22 26 5 0 0 6 31 21 33 8 4 0.260 0.387 0.310 0.697
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 19 64 229 39 71 16 4 4 25 107 37 58 14 6 0.310 0.415 0.467 0.882
  2016 Kane County Midw A Ari 19 45 161 16 35 4 2 3 13 52 29 60 3 6 0.217 0.340 0.323 0.663
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: August 28, 2012 by Eddie Romero & Luis Segovia
Signing Bonus: $450,000
MiLB Debut: June 1, 2013 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
2016 South Atlantic League All-Star Awards Player of the Week (May 23-29, 2016)






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