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Luis Alexander Basabe

Luis Alexander Basabe

CF | B/T: S/R | 6' 0" 160 | Age: 23
El Vigia, Venezuela
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 291 256 31 63 3 30 9 .246 .324 .336 .660
Career Minors 2570 2198 366 546 44 257 116 .248 .345 .392 .737
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .246 3 30 9 .660
Career Minors .248 44 257 116 .737

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 DSL Red Sox DSL ROK 60 268 209 49 47 13 2 1 19 49 58 18 5 6 .225 .385 .321 .705
2014 2 Teams Minors 72 307 253 53 68 12 11 1 39 43 59 15 6 4 .269 .376 .415 .791
2014 DSL Red Sox DSL ROK 40 184 148 38 42 7 11 0 26 30 36 13 2 3 .284 .408 .480 .887
2014 GCL Red Sox GCL ROK 32 123 105 15 26 5 0 1 13 13 23 2 4 1 .248 .328 .324 .652
2015 Lowell Spinners NYP A(Short) 56 256 222 36 54 8 3 7 23 32 67 15 4 1 .243 .340 .401 .741
2016 2 Teams Minors 110 474 425 66 112 26 9 12 53 41 119 25 5 2 .264 .328 .452 .780
2016 Greenville Drive SAL A(Full) 105 451 403 61 104 24 8 12 52 40 116 25 5 2 .258 .325 .447 .772
2016 Salem Red Sox CAR A(Adv) 5 23 22 5 8 2 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 .364 .391 .545 .937
2017 Winston-Salem Dash CAR A(Adv) 107 435 375 52 83 12 5 5 36 49 104 17 6 6 .221 .320 .320 .640
2018 2 Teams Minors 119 515 438 77 113 21 8 15 56 64 140 16 12 3 .258 .354 .445 .800
2018 Winston-Salem Dash CAR A(Adv) 58 245 207 36 55 12 5 9 30 34 64 7 8 1 .266 .370 .502 .873
2018 Birmingham Barons SOU AA 61 270 231 41 58 9 3 6 26 30 76 9 4 2 .251 .340 .394 .734
2019 2 Teams Minors 74 315 276 33 69 12 2 3 31 33 92 10 5 1 .250 .331 .341 .672
2019 Kannapolis Intimidators SAL A(Full) 5 24 20 2 6 0 1 0 1 4 7 1 1 0 .300 .417 .400 .817
2019 Birmingham Barons SOU AA 69 291 256 31 63 12 1 3 30 29 85 9 4 1 .246 .324 .336 .660

Scouting Report

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

The Red Sox signed the identical Basabe twins to matching $450,000 bonuses out of Venezuela in August 2012 and traded them both in 2016, sending Luis Alejandro to the D-backs in a deal for Brad Ziegler in July and Luis Alexander to the White Sox as part of a package for Chris Sale in December. Luis Alexander struggled with a torn meniscus in his left knee in his first season with his new organization, but he held his own in Double-A at age 21 in his second and homered off a 102-mph fastball from the Reds' Hunter Greene in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during Spring Training and has lost more at-bats to a recurring quadriceps injury during the 2019 season.

Though Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech hogged most of the hype in the Sale deal, Basabe is a switch-hitter with five-tool potential and the ability to play a premium position. While he has yet to have a breakout year at the plate, he works counts, draws walks and makes a lot of hard contact. His bat speed and the strength in his hands and wrists give him at least average power potential, and he has begun to unlock more of it by taking a more direct path to the ball and driving more balls in the air.

With his plus speed, Basabe could be at least a 20-20 player if he continues to refine his hitting and baserunning skills. Though he briefly shifted to right field when he played on the same team as Andrew Benintendi in the Boston system, he has spent most of his career in center and can play there in the big leagues. He continues to improve his reads and routes, and his strong arm plays anywhere in the outfield.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/30/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled CF Luis Alexander Basabe from Birmingham Barons.
07/12/2019 Birmingham Barons activated CF Luis Alexander Basabe from the 7-day injured list.
06/23/2019 Birmingham Barons placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 21, 2019.
06/11/2019 Birmingham Barons activated CF Luis Alexander Basabe from the 7-day injured list.
06/03/2019 Birmingham Barons placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 1, 2019.
04/28/2019 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Birmingham Barons from Kannapolis Intimidators.
04/22/2019 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators from Birmingham Barons.
04/03/2019 Birmingham Barons placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the 7-day injured list.
03/08/2019 Chicago White Sox optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Birmingham Barons.
10/01/2018 Chicago White Sox recalled Luis Alexander Basabe from Birmingham Barons.
07/16/2018 Birmingham Barons activated CF Luis Alexander Basabe from the temporarily inactive list.
07/14/2018 Birmingham Barons placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the temporarily inactive list.
06/21/2018 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
03/14/2018 Chicago White Sox optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Winston-Salem Dash.
03/13/2018 Chicago White Sox optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Winston-Salem Dash.
11/20/2017 Chicago White Sox selected the contract of Luis Alexander Basabe from Winston-Salem Dash.
10/23/2017 OF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Leones del Caracas.
09/06/2017 Winston-Salem Dash activated CF Luis Alexander Basabe from the 7-day disabled list.
08/15/2017 Winston-Salem Dash placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 13, 2017.
04/06/2017 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
03/04/2017 OF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Chicago White Sox.
12/06/2016 Chicago White Sox traded LHP Chris Sale to Boston Red Sox for CF Luis Alexander Basabe, RHP Michael Kopech, RHP Victor Diaz and 3B Yoan Moncada.
12/06/2016 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators.
09/01/2016 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Salem Red Sox from Greenville Drive.
04/05/2016 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners.
03/18/2016 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Boston Red Sox.
06/18/2015 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to Lowell Spinners from GCL Red Sox.
07/23/2014 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to GCL Red Sox from DSL Red Sox.
07/17/2014 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to GCL Red Sox.
06/01/2013 CF Luis Alexander Basabe assigned to DSL Red Sox.
08/26/2012 Boston Red Sox signed free agent OF Luis Alexander Basabe to a minor league contract.