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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sizing up Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu - ESPN

The next big Cuban import?

One scout who is admittedly lukewarm on Abreu thinks he could develop into an MVP-type player if he becomes more diligent with his work habits and conditioning.

“If he is simply what he is right now, he will probably develop into a middle-of-the-road first baseman with ‘80’ raw power, who guesses and kills mistakes and inferior pitching but struggles against top-quality guys,” the scout said. “That’s not a bad floor, actually, and that’s the reason why he’ll get paid anyway. But he may disappoint the expectations of ‘best hitter on the planet’ that some have already placed on him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2013 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cuban baseball, international free agents, jose abreu

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   1. JRVJ Posted: September 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4544335)
Frankly, I thought he was a better signing than this article gives him credit.
   2. Yardape Posted: September 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4544480)
Clay Davenport's translations for him look good, better than this article makes him sound, although Davenport doesn't seem to have the last two Cuban seasons on his site.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 18, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4544515)
From what I read on Grantland, he's basically the Cuban Frank Thomas.

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