ANGEL BASABE, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: December 12, 2000
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Basabe was one of the Pirates’ two big 2017-18 international signings, the other being Juan Pie. (The caveat here is that the bonuses of Venezuelan players are being kept confidential for safety reasons, so we don’t know the bonuses of the Pirates’ signees from that country. We only know Basabe’s because he moved to Panama before he signed.) He’s an outfielder with good speed, who may be able to stick in center field, and a line drive bat.
Basabe’s debut was oddly similar to Pie’s. He tore up the DSL in the early going, then slumped. Basabe’s OPS by month, from June through August, was 1.001, .779 and .537. Overall, he showed good gap power and had a decent walk rate, but he also had a high K rate. He had trouble with LHPs, with just a .644 OPS in an extremely small sample size of 29 at-bats. He played center almost exclusively.
The Pirates sent Basabe briefly to West Virginia, until the draftees arrived, and then assigned him to the GCL. He struggled to hit there and put up a poor BB:K ratio. It may not have helped that he played only two-thirds of the time, due to an extreme logjam of outfielders on the team. He got fewer than six innings in center, possibly due to the presence of other outfielders whom the Pirates regarded more highly.
Basabe’s 2019 season was very disappointing. The Pirates could send him back to the GCL in 2020 or could move him to Bristol. Given the huge number of outfielders they have at the lowest levels, it could be hard to find playing time for the weakest performers.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $450,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.