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2.60 Oakland Athletics - Yordy Cabrera, 3B, Lakeland HS (FL)

The Athletics spent the 60th overall pick on Yordy Cabrera.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Yordy Cabrera   Position: SS/RHP   School: Lakeland HS   State: FL   Height: 6’4’’   Weight: 190

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 9/3/90   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: Miami

               
Yordy Cabrera is one of the best two-way prospects in the 2010 draft class, and he hails from Lakeland, Florida, spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, where his father is a hitting instructor for the team. Cabrera is a prep shortstop, but from the looks of things will have to change positions as a pro, mainly due to his big body and declining range. He’s starting to fill out, and that should hamper his range even more in the future. However, the talent at the plate is immense. He features easy raw power that rivals anyone in the 2010 class outside of Bryce Harper, and he looks to have an above-average hit tool, as well. The drawback for him is a reliance on hitting pitches out of the zone, much like fellow Dominican Miguel Tejada. However, Cabrera does still have the upside of a Tejada in his prime. Cabrera’s an above-average runner, and while he handles shortstop now, he looks like a third baseman or right fielder in the future. He has great hands, and he could play a plus third base, and he has the plus-plus arm for right field, too. Either way, he’ll be an impact hitter. On the mound, Cabrera also flashes big potential, using a 91-93 mph fastball and low-70s curve to fool experienced hitters. On the whole, though, scouts prefer him with the bat by a long shot, and he profiles as a middle of the order hitter. A rough spring on the mound confirmed the feeling he’s better off hitting. He should be drafted somewhere from the back third of the first round into the early second round, and signability shouldn’t be a problem in that range, as he’s already almost 20, meaning he needs to get his career started.