#9. Gustavo Cabrera – OF, 17 yo, DSL: Cabrera is a right-handed hitting outfielder who signed with the Giants for $1.3 million last season. He hails from the Dominican, and was one of the highest rated international players on the market in 2012. MLB.com ranked him as their #1 international prospect coming into this season. He made his professional debut in the DSL last month, and has all of 26 games under his belt. He’s hitting .207 with 10 SB in 15 attempts on the season. At this point, Cabrera is very young and a huge unknown. Depending on how the rest of his season plays out, he could be a big mover (either up or down) on this list.
What we do know about the kid is that he had scouts absolutely drooling last summer, and his signing bonus shows it. The common reviews rave about his foot speed and bat speed. He’s a 6’2”, athletic kid who should be able to play any outfield position. Like the majority of international prospects, Cabrera’s tools are very raw, but it is believed (hoped?) that he can be an above-average hitter with lightning speed. He spent some time in America playing ball as an amateur, but the Giants decided to assign him to the Dominican Summer League anyway. They’re hoping they picked up a gem here, but you just never know with these young, raw players. It’s probably a long shot, but it’d be pretty cool to see Cabrera, Nat Javier, Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones get a chance to play together in Salem-Keizer next season.