Signed July 2, 2016 with Oakland out the Dominican Republic for $1.1M, Brito spent parts of the 2017 season with the DSL and AZL Athletics, slashing a cumulative .222/.324/.278. In 2018, he spent the entire season in the New York-Penn league and slashed .241/.325/.288 in 54 games, with 50 strikeouts and 27 walks.
The 18-year-old has a lean, athletic frame that projects to add strength, and he possesses average speed on the bases. On the defensive side, Brito has shown plus reads/reactions, lateral quickness, and body control. During instructs, I saw Brito take direct angles to balls both to his left and right, and while his arm strength is a present 40, his overall athleticism and smooth throwing action helps project to a future 50 grade. Brito’s solid infield actions should make him a future-average second baseman in the big leagues, where the arm also profiles best.
At the plate, the switch-hitting Brito has a rhythmic, easy stroke with good extension and some natural loft. His approach was solid in my views, where he worked deep into counts regularly and showed a good eye at the plate. A better hitter from the left side, his solid natural swing mechanics coupled with average bat-to-ball skills could make him an average hitter at maturity. Although Brito lacks the physicality to project any serious over-the-fence power, his swing mechanics and tick-above-average bat speed help project ability to shoot the gaps.
Brito’s ceiling is an everyday regular at the keystone, providing solid defensive value with the ability to get on base. He’s a fairly low-risk prospect that comes with a high floor, profiling as a role player off the bench if the bat winds up light for regular playing time.