Toronto signed the slim Venezuelan infielder as an amateur in 2014. Known for his glovework, Vicuna really picks it at shortstop and displayed versatility by playing all around the infield in my May look. The defensive acumen gives him a chance at a big league role, though his bat lags far enough behind the glove that he profiles as a bench piece.
Vicuna’s actions at shortstop are excellent, and paired with his footwork, hands, and a quick first step, he’s already a 60-grade defender. He ranges well to both sides and controls his wiry 6’0” and 140-pound frame well coming in on charge plays. He shows a 60-grade arm across the infield to boot, with plenty of carry to make deep throws from the hole. There isn’t much strength at the plate, and Vicuna is more of a slappy singles hitter right now. Given the low-scale power, he will need to find ways to get on base via his approach, though he’s presently very aggressive and doesn’t show signs of working counts. The offensive upside is probably a 40-grade hitter with 20 or 30-grade power. Despite his playmaking at shortstop, Vicuna is more an average straight-line runner whose wheels are closer to 50-grade than a true 60. The defensive ability is enough for a FV 40 ceiling, able to fill a utility infield role and play anywhere in the dirt. Despite the glovework, he will need to keep adding strength at the plate even to fill a bench role.