Short, strong, lean, athletic build.
Maxed out physically. According to Baseball America, he has put on 20
pounds of muscle since defecting from Cuba.
Plus batspeed. Hands are
quick through the zone. Uses a short stride. Line-drive swing with slight
uphill plane. Length in swing. Solid bat control. Wants to hit; aggressive
first-pitch swinger. Expands the zone, but knows what he can handle. Pull
hitter. Future .255-.274 average.
Max-effort swing. Strong for his size.
His obvious strength generates his batspeed. Potential 15-19 home run
power. Power most likely to manifest as line drive doubles to the gaps
rather than home runs.
Arm: Plus arm strength.
Plus speed and athleticism should
allow him to cover plenty of ground.
Won a Gold Glove in Cuba.
Run: Type of speed
that makes the defense rush. Light on his feet, accelerates quickly.
Aggressive and energetic on the bases; clearly
looking to run.
He is a threat to steal every time. 4.1
times to first in Cuba according to Baseball America.
Career Notes: Was originally slated to play for
Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic but was left off the final roster,
likely because of a failed attempt to defect.
Potential first-division regular with the ability to contribute in
multiple areas. High-energy player who goes to the plate looking to hit
and put a charge into the ball. Excellent speed that can put pressure on
the defense and lead to many infield hits.