The Mets, and other teams, will send scouts to see SS Erisbel Arruebarruena, who recently defected from Cuba (Martino).
Arruebarruena, 23, was the starting shortstop on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team.
“He has a long swing, struggles with pitch recognition, swings through breaking balls in the strike zone and is prone to chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone,” according to Ben Badler writes of Arruebarruen. “He has a pull-oriented approach and minimal power, so several scouts are skeptical he could hit better than .220 or hit a .300 on-base percentage against major league pitching.”
The showcase for Arruebarruena takes place this weekend at the Yankees complex in the Dominican Republic (Martino).
“He has clean hands, quick actions and good body control,” says Badler. “He’s a below-average runner, but his quick first step and instincts give him good range.”