Angel Basabe

Born: December 12, 2000
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 153
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A


Basabe was one of the Pirates’ two big 2017-18 international signings, the other being Juan Pie.  (The caveat here is that the bonuses of Venezuelan players are being kept confidential for safety reasons, so we don’t know the bonuses of the Pirates’ signees from that country.  We only know Basabe’s because he moved to Panama before he signed.)  He’s an outfielder with good speed, who may be able to stick in center field, and a line drive bat.

DSL:  260/341/414, 181 AB, 9 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 21 BB, 46 K, 8-13 SB

Basabe’s debut was oddly similar to Pie’s.  He tore up the DSL in the early going, then slumped.  Basabe’s OPS by month, from June through August, was 1.001, .779 and .537.  Overall, he showed good gap power and had a decent walk rate, but he also had a high K rate.  He had trouble with LHPs, with just a .644 OPS in an extremely small sample size of 29 at-bats.  He played center almost exclusively.

Basabe was expected to play in the fall instructional league and should join Pie in the GCL Pirates’ outfield in 2019.

2019: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: $450,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.