Basabe (knee) is starting in left field and batting ninth during Sunday's spring training game against the Reds.
Basabe underwent knee surgery at the end of the 2017 season but has made a full recovery and is set to make his spring training debut Sunday. The 21-year-old could theoretically play his way onto the big-league roster with a monster spring performance, but he's a much likelier bet to open the year in the lower levels of the minors once again. He's certainly a player to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
Basabe required knee surgery toward the end of the 2017 season, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports.
According to Norris, the knee injury may have been bothering Basabe for longer than he let on, which could have contributed to his struggles in 2017 (.221/.320/.320). The procedure seems like a cleanup of sorts, so look for Basabe to be ready to compete in minor-league camp this spring. Still just 21, Basabe is a solid bounce-back candidate this season. He has above-average raw power and plus speed, so if he can make strides with his hit tool, he could re-establish himself as a top-100 prospect for dynasty leagues.
This is not a surprise, as Basabe is one of the organization's top outfield prospects. He is coming off a down season where he hit .221/.320/.320 with five home runs and 17 steals in 107 games at High-A. Basabe still has the tools to be a 20/20 threat if he can make improvements to his hit tool. In deeper leagues, he is a worthwhile buy-low candidate, as he is still just 21 and has time to refine his game and take advantage of his impressive power/speed combination.
Basabe has two home runs and eight stolen bases in 12 attempts for Low-A Kane County.
Now in his first full season within the Diamondbacks' organization, the switch-hitting second baseman is struggling to find his way at the plate. He's struck out 54 times in 175 at-bats and has only walked 22 times, all while slashing .229/.318./337.
Basabe, 20, is hitting just .215/.327/.307 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 11 steals through 62 games for High-A Winston-Salem.
Basabe has fanned 68 times over those 62 games, struggling to make consistent contact in 2017. His power stroke has been virtually nonexistent this season as well. Basabe remains raw, as the physical gifts have not translated to the diamond just yet.
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