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Seby Zavala
Trending: ↓ 35%
C | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 210LBS | Age: 26

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 12, #352, Chicago White Sox | San Diego State
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 12 12 1 1 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .167
1 Season 12 12 1 1 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .167
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .083 0 0 0 .167
1 Season .083 0 0 0 .167

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 CWS AL 5 12 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .167
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 CWS AL 12 1 5 0 0 .333 0 0 1 51 4.250 .750 .000 .--- .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

2020

Zavala spent little time behind the plate in his first three years at San Diego and missed the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. He slammed 14 homers and threw out 46 percent of basestealers as a junior in 2015, prompting the White Sox to draft him in the 12th round. He blew through four levels in 2017-18 before hitting 20 homers and making a brief big league debut last year.

Zavala's lone standout tool is his plus raw power, which produces home runs from the left-field foul pole to dead-center. His uphill right-handed swing and aggressive approach are geared for power over contact, leading to a 35 percent strikeout rate in Triple-A and nine whiffs in 12 at-bats with Chicago last year. He has done a better job of using the entire field in recent seasons, but he'll probably never hit for average.

The White Sox love Zavala's makeup, and his leadership and game-calling ability outshine his defensive tools. He has an average arm and fringy receiving skills, and he's working to improve his framing and ability to handle premium velocity. He profiles more as a slugging backup than a regular and saw action at first base in 2019 to add to his versatility.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 40

Zavala missed a year with Tommy John surgery and didn't become a full-time catcher until his 2015 redshirt junior season at San Diego State. He hit 14 homers and threw out 46 percent of basestealers that spring, propelling him into the 12th round and to the White Sox. He led the system with 21 homers in 2017 and beat more highly touted catching prospect Zack Collins to Triple-A last year.

His best tool is his plus raw power, and Zavala did a better job of tapping into it once he increased his launch angle in his right-handed swing in 2017. He did a better job of using the entire field last year, though most of his home runs still come to his pull side. He's definitely a power-over-hit guy who could stand to tighten up his plate discipline.

Zavala's leadership and game-calling ability stand out more than his physical tools behind the plate. He has an average arm and similar receiving skills, though he struggles at times to handle premium velocity. He profiles more as a slugging backup than a regular.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 45 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45

Zavala didn't show he could handle starting catching duties until his fourth year at San Diego State, spending his freshman season as a part-time DH, missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery and returning as a left fielder. After hitting 14 homers and throwing out 46 percent of basestealers as a redshirt junior in 2015, he signed for $100,000 as a 12th-rounder. He led White Sox farmhands with 21 homers between two Class A stops in 2017 and continued to swing a hot bat in the Arizona Fall League.

Quite similar offensively and defensively to Evan Skoug, Chicago's 2017 seventh-rounder, Zavala has a higher floor but a lower ceiling. He tripled his home run output from his first full pro season to his second after changing his load to increase his launch angle. Most of his right-handed power comes to his pull side, and he'll have to do a better job of using the whole field and managing the strike zone to hit for average at higher levels. 

Zavala projects more as an offensive-minded backup than a regular. He shows strong leadership skills, but his receiving and blocking are still works in progress. He has average arm strength that plays down a tick because he doesn't have the quickest release.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 51 3 0 0.0 78.7 21.9 33.3 .110 .125 .073 .102 .407 0.0 75.0 0.0
ALL 51 3 0 0.0 78.7 21.9 33.3 .110 .125 .073 .102 .407 0.0 75.0 0.0
MLB 41278 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .250 .415 .317 .322 .377 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/14/2020 C Seby Zavala assigned to White Sox Alternate Training Site from Charlotte Knights.
03/11/2020 Chicago White Sox optioned C Seby Zavala to Charlotte Knights.
09/30/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled C Seby Zavala from Charlotte Knights.
08/06/2019 Chicago White Sox optioned C Seby Zavala to Charlotte Knights.
08/02/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled Seby Zavala from Charlotte Knights.
06/01/2019 Chicago White Sox optioned C Seby Zavala to Charlotte Knights.
05/25/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled Seby Zavala from Charlotte Knights.
05/14/2019 Charlotte Knights activated C Seby Zavala from the 7-day injured list.
04/25/2019 Charlotte Knights placed C Seby Zavala on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 24, 2019.
03/13/2019 Chicago White Sox optioned C Seby Zavala to Charlotte Knights.
11/20/2018 Chicago White Sox selected the contract of Seby Zavala from Charlotte Knights.
07/28/2018 Charlotte Knights activated C Seby Zavala from the 7-day disabled list.
07/16/2018 Charlotte Knights placed C Seby Zavala on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 14, 2018.
06/21/2018 C Seby Zavala assigned to Charlotte Knights from Birmingham Barons.
05/30/2018 Birmingham Barons activated C Seby Zavala from the 7-day disabled list.
05/21/2018 Birmingham Barons placed C Seby Zavala on the 7-day disabled list.
04/02/2018 C Seby Zavala assigned to Birmingham Barons from Charlotte Knights.
03/26/2018 C Seby Zavala assigned to Charlotte Knights from Winston-Salem Dash.
01/22/2018 Chicago White Sox invited non-roster C Seby Zavala to spring training.
06/22/2017 C Seby Zavala assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
02/28/2017 C Seby Zavala assigned to Chicago White Sox.
07/29/2016 Kannapolis Intimidators activated C Seby Zavala from the 7-day disabled list.
07/14/2016 Kannapolis Intimidators placed C Seby Zavala on the 7-day disabled list.
04/05/2016 C Seby Zavala assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators from AZL White Sox.
06/18/2015 C Seby Zavala assigned to AZL White Sox.
06/12/2015 Chicago White Sox signed C Seby Zavala.