Scouting Report: Antonio Cabello

Antonio Cabello, CF

17 years old (11/1/2000)

5’11 203 lbs.

Bats/Throws: R/R

Signed 12/17 out of Venezuela

Body: Strong, athletic frame. Solid build. Could add more size at risk of losing speed and flexibility. Short, compact frame.

Stance/swing:  Neutral stance, hands shoulder length. Small load, no leg kick. Front foot bails toward third a bit. Pull approach with effort in his swing. Can cover the outer half but with little authority. Doesn’t get cheated. Good bat speed should improve with maturity and better utilization of the lower half.

Hit: Aggressive hitter. Hunts fastballs and can hit middle in with authority. Over-swings and gets out on front foot too early against off-speed. Will need to stay closed and use RCF against advanced pitchers. Pitch recognition is advanced for age but still needs refinement as he advances levels. Speed to leg out infield hits. Doesn’t change swing with 2 strike approach. Susceptible to off-speed low and away. Grade: 50

Power: Line-drive, gap power at present. Bat speed more from upper body strength than wrists. Strength and bat speed lends itself to increased power projection with maturity and use of all fields. Pull approach limits game power. Grade: 45

Speed: Clocked 4.13 home to first. Aggressive on basepaths. Grade: 70

Defense: Signed as a catcher, converted CF. Poor reads/routes on balls hit directly overhead and to gaps. Slow first step. Relies on athleticism and speed to make plays. Grade 45

Arm: Throws have parachute, lack zip. Upper body dominant, rarely in the position to use lower half due to poor reads and set up. Grade 40

Overall: Cabello is a dynamic athlete with advanced pitch recognition for a 17-year-old and good feel for the barrel. Still raw and relies on athleticism to make plays. Hit tool profiles as a top of the order bat that can provide punch and will wreak havoc on basepaths. Defensively, still, a work in progress trying to learn a new position. Expect improvements with a chance to improve grade as he matures. Arm plays as LF for now. There is a lot to like in the total package. Still raw and has a ways to go to reach full potential.  FV: 50