Luis Alexander Basabe
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox AA
Injury Hand
Est. Return 5/20/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Luis Alexander Basabe in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Sent to Double-A
OFChicago White Sox  AA
March 8, 2019
Basabe (hand) was optioned to Double-A Birmingham.
Not only does Basabe need more development in the minor leagues, but he will also be out until at least May while he recovers from a broken hand. It is possible he could finish the year at Triple-A.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The clear third piece in the deal that sent Chris Sale to Boston, Basabe's prospect stock took a hit in his first year with the White Sox and his first full season at High-A. He actually improved his walk rate (from 8.9 percent to 11.3 percent) and lowered his strikeout rate (from 25.7 percent to 23.9 percent), but his power really fell off against more advanced pitching (.189 ISO at Low-A versus a .099 ISO at High-A). Basabe may have been a little unlucky (.292 BABIP), but he was also less successful on the bases (73.9 percent success rate, compared to an 83.3 percent rate at Low-A). The good news is he is still tooled up and won't turn 22 until August. He was always a high-risk/high-reward prospect, as his hit tool has a long way to go to even be 50-grade. If he can start using the opposite field more (54 percent pull rate last year) and his luck normalizes, there's some bounce-back potential, so he is worth holding in deeper dynasty leagues.
Basabe changed colors in the offseason, going from the Red Sox to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal. As a 19-year-old in the Low-A South Atlantic League, he held his own in his first year at a full-season affiliate. After a terrible start, the switch-hitting prospect hit .264/.328/.452 with 12 homers and 25 stolen bases for Greenville against competition at least two years older on average. He's raw, only taking up the sport within a couple of years prior to signing, but the White Sox are getting a plus defender in center field with beguiling upside. A 6-foot, 160-pounder, he possesses plus speed and good instincts on the basepaths. He has surprising power, grading out as average-to-plus, and his ability to square up the ball to all fields. Where Basabe's game falls down is in his contact rate and overall hit tool. He's struck out 27.5 percent of the time the last two seasons. The uncertainty with the bat opens up a wide spectrum of future outcomes.
Basabe, 18, signed as an international free agent in 2012, and got his first action above rookie ball in 2015, slashing .243/.340/.401 in 256 plate appearances for the short-season Lowell in the New York-Penn League. He's a switch-hitting, athletic center fielder with projectable tools, but he is still quite raw. An aggressive approach leads to a lot of swing-and-miss, but he complements that with a good walk rate and he should improve his pitch recognition as he gains more experience. At 6-foot and 170 pounds, Basabe still has some filling out to do, which will lead to more power, which is intriguing considering he was already able to hit seven homers for the Spinners. He also boasts plus speed, having swiped a team-leading 15 bags last season. Defensively, he's got good range and showed off his above-average arm, throwing out eight baserunners from the outfield. There is a lot of risk and lead time involved with owning Basabe in dynasty leagues, but it is a worthwhile bet on tools in leagues where more than 200 prospects are rostered.
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Surgery moved
OFChicago White Sox  AA
February 23, 2019
Basabse (hand) will undergo surgery Monday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Suffers broken hand
OFChicago White Sox  AA
February 19, 2019
Basabe suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand and will be sidelined for approximately 12 weeks, Scott Merkin of reports.
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Jumps to Double-A
OFChicago White Sox  AA
June 21, 2018
Basabe was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Named organization's co-Player of the Month
OFChicago White Sox  AA
May 2, 2018
Basabe was named the White Sox organization's co-Player of the Month for April, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Hot start to begin year
OFChicago White Sox  AA
April 13, 2018
Basabe is 11-for-30 (.367) with four extra-base hits and two steals in seven games at High-A Winston-Salem.
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