Scout on new White Sox slugger Abreu: 'Best pure hitter from Cuba'

Scout on new White Sox slugger Abreu: 'Best pure hitter from Cuba'
October 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Scouts have tended to be divided on their opinions of soon-to-be-White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Many will tell you the Cuban first baseman, whose record six-year, $68-million deal is pending a physical, isn’t an athlete and is limited to first base or designated hitters.

Others will tell you he’s a great pure hitter while some have concerns about Abreu’s bat speed and holes on the inner-half of his swing.

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But one American League scout, who admits he’s “all in” on Abreu, likes what he has seen after he consumed as much video as he could find.

  • On Abreu’s swing: “This guy is the best pure hitter to come over from Cuba. He also has immense raw power and given his patience and approach, will find a way to use it.”
  • On Abreu’s character: “His wife is a doctor and he is very intelligent. Very, very hard worker and motivated to be the best. You will love interviewing this guy. Immense maturity for a Cuban-born player has a special ‘x-factor’ personality.”

The scout continued: “I expect him to be an above-average hitter from day one and will really surprise some people as he adjusts to the league/culture.”

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As for what White Sox fans can expect from Abreu, the scout thinks a .270-.290 hitter with 20-plus home runs. “Will drive in a lot of runs and bring a lot of on-base percentage value on top,” he said. “Chance at peak to be a .900-plus OPS guy. Wouldn’t be shocked if he hits .300 with 25-30 homers one year. I know that’s saying a lot, but I’m a big believer in the guy. … Time will tell.”