2012 July 2 Prospect Video: Gustavo Cabrera
Name: Gustavo Cabrera
Hometown: La Romana, D.R.
Date of Birth: 1/23/1996 (16)
Trainer: Cristian "Niche" Batista
Event Scouted: Dominican Prospect League workout and scrimmage in Surprise, Ariz. (3/21/2012)
Arguably the top prospect on this year's Dominican Prospect League travel squad, Cabrera could (and perhaps should) command a seven-figure signing bonus this summer––even with the new $2.9 million cap restriction.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Cabrera is an excellent athlete with a strong frame, particularly in his lower half. Cabrera's polish and overall feel for the game has some doubters, but the tools for success are all there.
In fact, the 16-year-old outfielder had the best all-around package of tools on the DPL's travel squad this spring. He's a plus runner who should be able to cover plenty of ground in the outfield, and his current solid-average arm strength looks like a future plus as well.
While Cabrera's swing mechanics are a bit busy at present, he's got quick, explosive hands that––along with his strength––help him show good raw power to all fields in batting practice. His bat speed is excellent.
The Dominican Republic native isn't an extremely advanced hitter, but he seems to at least have a rudimentary feel for what he's doing in game action. He also didn't see many strikes during the exhibition game in Surprise.
Still, Cabrera's raw tools––the power, run, throw and field, in particular––are all intriguing and potential future pluses.
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