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Lurvin Basabe

January 1, 2008
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Lurvin Basabe - Second Baseman
Age: 18 Height: 5'8" Weight: 179 Bats: Switch Throws: Right
2007 DSL Indians.28460 208385943124453019.412.346.758

Lurvin is the typical short Latin middle infielder. He doesn't show much pop at the plate but does show advanced plate discipline (45:30 BB/K ratio) and some speed that he needs to refine (19 SB in 33 attempts). He had the highest error total on his DSL team with 27. He was hurt in the Fall Instructional League (FIL), so the Indians did not get a good look at him. That said, Basabe has some tools and the fact that they even brought him to the FIL means that the Indians do consider him a real prospect. His path to the majors may be an uphill one, however, as the Indians in the recent past have not valued short Latin middle infielders that highly, even if those guys have good statistical performances at upper levels of the minors. Basabe most likely will remain in extended spring training next year before making his stateside debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Indians.

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