Thoughts on Lakewood 2B, Daniel Brito

Daniel Brito, photo courtesy of baseballbetsy.com

Hey guys, the Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies) were in town over the weekend visiting the Asheville Tourists (Rockies), it was my 2nd look at Lakewood this year (I also saw them in Columbia in early May). It’s a very good squad led by high profile CF Mickey Moniak and fireballers Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina.  They also have a talented middle infield pairing 2B- Daniel Brito and SS- Arquimedes Gamboa.  I thought today I would talk about Daniel Brito.  He was high on my list of players to see coming into the season and he didn’t disappoint.

I’ve seen about a dozen Daniel Brito at bats over 4 games. He’s age 19, listed 6’1″ 155 lbs, bats left and throws right.  He was signed out of Venezuela in 2014.

Brito looks long and very lean.  I guessed 6’1″ 160 on the field.  Lots of projection left but I wouldn’t expect more than another 10-15 lbs.  I think he’s destined to remain thin.

At the dish he hits from a semi open stance with a slight crouch, he uses a sizeable leg kick for timing.  The hands stay pretty active pre pitch.  The swing has some lift to it, it’s a bit on the long side but there’s above average bat speed and he shows solid bat to ball skills.  He’s spraying the ball to all fields with the bulk of the contact between the gaps.  The approach is fairly aggressive and with his bat to ball skills he’s putting some balls in play he probably shouldn’t.  He also needs some further refinement with pitch recognition. But that’s typical, most teenagers struggle with that at this level.  The potential is there for the hit to be 55+, he’ll need to tone down some of the aggressiveness to get there though.

Brito generates some pretty good torque in his swing, he’s thin as a rail but he can still drive an occasional HR to his pull side.   As he gets stronger the game power should approach 50, 16-20 HR at peak

Brito is an above average runner and shows solid instincts on the bases.  He shows good hands and feet and plenty of range.  He’s already an above average defensive 2B with plenty of arm for the position.  I know he’s had a handful of starts at SS I was hoping to catch him there but that hasn’t happened yet.

Brito has the potential for 5 average or better tools and will be a fun player to watch develop.  The potential is certainly there for him to make it as a utility player too 2B, SS,3B and maybe CF.

Next up at Notes, I’ll be in Hickory tonight to see young Greenville SP Bryan Mata take on Hickory starter Michael Matuella.  Expect a piece on both players. Cheers

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