Osvaldo Abreu SS/2B Harrisburg Senators
Hit (40+) Power (20) Arm (50+) Defense (50) Run (50+)
Signed by Washington in April 2012 as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic, Osvaldo Abreu is a right-handed hitting, right-handed throwing middle infielder. Born in June 1994, the 23-year-old Abreu is listed at 6-0 170lbs with a lean, wiry frame and projects to add future muscle mass. Abreu is a slightly above-average runner, clocking 4.18 – 4.2 seconds home to first. In addition, he has quality first-step quickness and solid athleticism.
Offensively Abreu possesses loose wrists and impressive bat speed, whipping the barrel through the strike zone with a compact swing. Abreu has a mature approach, works the count and will draw his share of walks while aggressively hunting fastballs. He has feel for the barrel, obvious hand-eye coordination and utilizes the whole field. Unfortunately his lack of strength and linear swing limits his overall home run power. Abreu struggles with spin moving away from him, causing an elevated strikeout rate. This could improve with experience, but the lack of power limits his offensive profile. Abreu projects as a future .230 – .240 hitter who hits a handful of home runs annually.
In the field Abreu has an average or slightly better arm with good accuracy and soft hands. He has good athleticism, a solid first-step and quality actions at shortstop. He has solid range for the position and moves fluidly in each direction. Abreu struggles making the play deep at shortstop due to his lack of arm strength and will make the occasional unforced error. Abreu has the tools to be an average major league defender but his lack of plus athleticism or arm strength limits him; he profiles better at second base.
Abreu is an intriguing middle infield prospect who possesses three average or better tools, yet his lack of power or a plus tool limits his overall ceiling. Unless he can transform his physique to add strength, Abreu’s ceiling is a utility infielder, with his likely outcome being a Triple-A middle infielder who perhaps sees the majors if injuries arise.