The Yankees added to their international bonus pool in the 2016-2017 signing period in order to make a run at RHP Shohei Ohtani (LAA). The Bombers didn’t land their top target but picked up Cabello and other amateur prospects as a consolation. Cabello was originally scouted as a catcher, but tools that didn’t fit with the position (plus speed, fringy arm, offensive upside) caused the Yankees to move the 18-year-old to CF. He thrived thre, dominating Rookie-level competition across the DSL and GCL.
Cabello has a short, efficient stroke that makes lots of contact while also showing an advanced approach. There’s surprising raw power in his bat that projects to show more in games as he gets older. Cabello is a bit of an enigma and carries plenty of risk given his age and numerous years from the bigs, but there’s upside here. He could be one of the team’s best position prospects this time next year with a strong 2019.