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.
Wilmington Blue Rocks activated CF Kyle Isbel from the 7-day injured list.
Wilmington Blue Rocks sent OF Kyle Isbel on a rehab assignment to AZL Royals.
Wilmington Blue Rocks placed CF Kyle Isbel on the 7-day injured list.
CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Wilmington Blue Rocks from Lexington Legends.
CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Kansas City Royals.
CF Kyle Isbel assigned to Lexington Legends from Idaho Falls Chukars.