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Kyle Isbel

Kyle Isbel

CF | B/T: L/R | 5' 11" 183 | Age: 22
Draft: 2018 (Rd: 3, #94, Kansas City Royals) - UNLV
USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 76 69 12 20 3 10 5 .290 .342 .536 .878
Career Minors 396 358 78 115 12 49 32 .321 .381 .522 .904
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .290 3 10 5 .878
Career Minors .321 12 49 32 .904

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2018 2 Teams Minors 64 293 264 57 86 22 2 7 32 26 60 24 6 2 .326 .389 .504 .893
2018 Idaho Falls Chukars PIO ROK 25 119 105 27 40 10 1 4 18 14 17 12 3 0 .381 .454 .610 1.063
2018 Lexington Legends SAL A(Full) 39 174 159 30 46 12 1 3 14 12 43 12 3 2 .289 .345 .434 .779
2019 2 Teams Minors 26 103 94 21 29 8 1 5 17 6 18 8 3 2 .309 .359 .574 .934
2019 AZL Royals AZL ROK 7 27 25 9 9 2 0 2 7 2 5 3 1 0 .360 .407 .680 1.087
2019 Wilmington Blue Rocks CAR A(Adv) 19 76 69 12 20 6 1 3 10 4 13 5 2 2 .290 .342 .536 .878

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

Amateur scouts will readily admit that a strong performance by a college player in the Cape Cod League can go a long way. When a player like Isbel, who jumped on the map with an All-Star performance on the Cape, carries it over to a big junior season, that's even better. That's exactly what the three-year UNLV starter did, catapulting himself into the third round then going out and having a big pro debut.

Isbel has a good feel for the strike zone to go along with deceptive strength to make him a very intriguing hitting prospect. He started tapping into his power as a junior with a more leveraged swing. With that has come more length, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to fastballs up in the zone as he progresses. He isn't big, but there is power there, and his swing reminds some of Scooter Gennett's. While he's not a top-of-the-scale speedster, he's an excellent baserunner who can steal a base, one who will continue to hit leadoff in the Minors, even if he doesn't settle in there once he reaches the big leagues. Similarly, he can handle center field, but could easily end up sliding to left in deference to a faster teammate in center.

He's worked a little at second base, a position he played as a freshman at UNLV, but he's unlikely to see any game action for now. It gives him the possibility for flexibility should his advanced bat be ready to find a place in the lineup, in a Whit Merrifield kind of situation.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/13/2019 Wilmington Blue Rocks activated CF Kyle Isbel from the 7-day injured list.
07/04/2019 Wilmington Blue Rocks sent OF Kyle Isbel on a rehab assignment to AZL Royals.
04/18/2019 Wilmington Blue Rocks placed CF Kyle Isbel on the 7-day injured list.
04/01/2019 CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Wilmington Blue Rocks from Lexington Legends.
03/08/2019 CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Kansas City Royals.
07/19/2018 CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Lexington Legends from Idaho Falls Chukars.
06/18/2018 OF Kyle Isbel assigned to Idaho Falls Chukars.
06/10/2018 Kansas City Royals signed OF Kyle Isbel.