Ht: 6'3" Wt: 185 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 6th Round in 2016 out of Cocoa HS (Cocoa, FL).
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #7 - 2016 Midseason
- #15 - 2017 Preseason
- #24 - 2018 Preseason
Curbelo jumped straight to #7 on FutureSox's rankings after getting drafted, which says a lot about the big shortstop after being selected in the 6th round. Curbelo was MLB's 104th ranked prospect entering the draft and seen as a tough sign as he was a commit to the University of Miami, but the Sox inked him for a whopping $700,000, more than $413,000 above his slot value of $286,700. In his pro debut in the AZL, he played a mix of both middle infield positions and posted a .226/.303/.326 line as an 18-year-old. 2017 didn't go well - after three games with Great Falls (in which he'd already collected 6 hits), he was sidelined with a knee injury and ended up having surgery for a meniscus tear. 2018 has Luis back healthy, and after some time in Extended Spring Training is with Kannapolis as a 20-year-old. There he's playing a mix of short and third, posting middling offensive results thus far.
The prep draftee has already shown some encouraging things despite the numbers not being impressive yet. His power, which scouts think he hasn't quite tapped into yet as he still fills out his larger frame, was been on display down in Arizona. Scouts have been most impressed with Curbelo's bat speed, which was well above average in his summer showcases. Scouts are expecting him to move to third as his frame matures, where his soft hands, quick first step and powerful throwing arm will come into play better than at shortstop. Curbelo is definitely going to be a project, but could be one that pays off if everything goes well for the Sox. Still just 20 years old, there is no rush, and he's playing a couple years younger than league average right now.
Major League Outlook: Power hitting, good defensive third baseman.
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