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Luis Alexander Basabe
CF | B/T: S/R | 6' 0" 180LBS | Age: 24

MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 18 14 5 2 0 1 2 .143 .333 .143 .476
1 Season 18 14 5 2 0 1 2 .143 .333 .143 .476
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .143 0 1 2 .476
1 Season .143 0 1 2 .476

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020 SF NL 9 18 14 5 2 0 0 0 1 4 5 2 0 0 .143 .333 .143 .476
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2020 SF NL 18 2 5 0 0 .222 0 0 0 78 4.333 .278 .000 .800 .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

2020

The Red Sox signed the identical Basabe twins to $450,000 bonuses out of Venezuela in August 2012 and traded them four years later, shipping Luis Alejandro to the Diamondbacks in a deal for Brad Ziegler and Luis Alexander to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale blockbuster. The latter was healthy for just one of his three seasons in Chicago's system before getting sold to the Giants in August 2020, tearing the meniscus in his left knee in 2017 and breaking the hamate bone in his left hand and battling a recurring quadriceps injury last year. When he was 100 percent in 2018, he showed five-tool potential and homered off a 102-mph fastball from the Reds' Hunter Greene in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

A switch-hitter, Basabe combines bat speed with the strength in his hands and wrists to create hard contact. He has at least average power potential and plus speed, making him a 20-20 threat, but he regressed offensively in 2019 after making progress in his first two years with the White Sox. He didn't work counts as well as he had in the past and struck out at a career-worst 29 percent clip, leading to questions as to how much of his upside he'll be able to realize. 

Even if he doesn't produce enough at the plate to become a big league regular, Basabe has the tools to be a worthwhile fourth outfielder. His quickness works well on the bases and in center field, and he continues to refine his reads in both areas. His range and plus arm make him an asset anywhere in the outfield. 


2019

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.


2018

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

The Red Sox signed the identical Basabe twins for $450,000 each out of Venezuela in 2012 and traded them four years later, shipping infielder Luis Alejandro to the Diamondbacks in a July deal for Brad Ziegler and Luis Alexander to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale blockbuster in December. Overshadowed in the Sale trade package by Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, Basabe has considerable upside of his own as a switch-hitting center fielder with five-tool potential. An injury to his left knee hampered him in his first season with his new organization and led to surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but he has impressed once healthy again in 2018 and homered off a 102-mph fastball from the Reds' Hunter Greene in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Basabe is still very much a work in progress offensively because his stroke gets long and he's still learning to recognize pitches and control the strike zone. He has impressive bat speed and strength in his hands and wrists, and Chicago hopes to unlock his raw power by getting him to take a more direct path to the ball. With his plus speed and basestealing acumen, he could be a 20-20 player if he improves as a hitter.

Basabe has the tools to play anywhere in the outfield. Andrew Benintendi briefly pushed him to right field when they were teammates at short-season Lowell in Boston's system, but he otherwise has been a center fielder. He has solid range and a plus arm in center.


2017

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

The Red Sox signed identical twins Luis Alexander Basabe and Luis Alejandro Basabe with matching $450,000 bonuses out of Venezuela then traded them in separate transactions four years later. Luis Alejandro, an infielder, went to the D-backs in a July deal for Brad Ziegler, and Luis Alexander came to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale blockbuster in December. The latter may have been the third-best prospect in the Sale trade behind Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, but he still has tremendous upside as a switch-hitting center fielder with five-tool potential.

Basabe remains raw as a hitter because his swing can get long and he's still learning to recognize pitches and maintain a disciplined approach. He'll play most of this season at age 20, so time is on his side, and it's hard to ignore his impressive bat speed and the strength in his hands and wrists. With his plus speed and basestealing instincts, he could be a 20-20 player once he adds some offensive polish.

His quickness and strong arm allow him to play anywhere in the outfield. Andrew Benintendi pushed him to right field when both were at short-season Lowell in the Boston system, but Basabe was a full-time center fielder in 2016 and again in 2017. His tools give him a floor as a fourth outfielder who should be a star if he hits.


2016

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

Signing the Bogaerts twins worked out well for the Red Sox, and they found another possible star when they landed the identical Basabe twins with matching $450,000 bonuses out of Venezuela in 2012. Outfielder Luis Alexander since has outpaced middle infielder Luis Alejandro, and Boston has traded them both. Luis Alejandro went to the Diamondbacks in a July trade for Brad Ziegler, while Luis Alexander came to the White Sox in a Winter Meetings deal for Chris Sale.

Though he still has a long ways to go at the plate, Basabe is a switch-hitting center fielder with five-tool potential. He's not physically imposing but already generates impressive power with bat speed and strong forearms and wrists, and he should have more once he adds some muscle. He shows some signs of plate discipline, but needs to improve his pitch recognition so he can make consistent contact and maximize his considerable offensive potential.

Basabe has plus speed and presently shows better instincts on the bases, where he's a threat to steal, than he does in the outfield, where his reads and routes can be rough. First-round pick Andrew Benintendi pushed him to right field when both were in Lowell, though Basabe should be able to play center field as he adds polish. His strong arm and power will profile well in right if he has to move there.


2015

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

The Red Sox signed the Basabe twins, Luis Alexander (an outfielder) and Luis Alejandro (an infielder), out of Venezuela for $450,000 each in August 2012. The former is the better prospect and has the ability to contribute in all phases of the game, though he's still quite raw as a teenager.

A switch-hitter, Basabe has the bat speed and projectable strength to hit for power once he matures physically. He's still learning the strike zone, and he swings and misses too much, so it's uncertain how high an average he'll hit for or how much of his pop he'll tap into. But he does show a willingness to accept walks, which is a promising sign.

Basabe has manned all three outfield positions and has a chance to stay in center field at the upper levels. He has solid speed and arm strength, making right field his fallback position.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2020 78 9 0 0.0 82.6 16.5 22.2 .175 .211 .250 .283 .260 22.2 27.8 22.2
ALL 78 9 0 0.0 82.6 16.5 22.2 .175 .211 .250 .283 .260 22.2 27.8 22.2
MLB 43639 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/28/2020 San Francisco Giants activated CF Luis Alexander Basabe from the 10-day injured list.
09/23/2020 San Francisco Giants placed CF Luis Alexander Basabe on the 10-day injured list. Right hamstring strain.
09/08/2020 San Francisco Giants recalled CF Luis Alexander Basabe from Giants Alternate Training Site.
08/28/2020 San Francisco Giants optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Giants Alternate Training Site.
08/27/2020 San Francisco Giants recalled Luis Alexander Basabe from Giants Alternate Training Site.
08/09/2020 San Francisco Giants traded cash to Chicago White Sox for CF Luis Alexander Basabe.
08/09/2020 San Francisco Giants optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Giants Alternate Training Site.
08/04/2020 Chicago White Sox designated CF Luis Alexander Basabe for assignment.
03/11/2020 Chicago White Sox optioned CF Luis Alexander Basabe to Birmingham Barons.
09/30/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled 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.