Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Starlyn Caba, SS, FCL Phillies, Rookie League

The Player

Just 18 for all of 2024, Caba’s floor is very high because of how gifted a defender he is. He has outstanding range, soft hands, excellent footwork, and a good internal clock. This goes along with an above-average arm that will enable him to be a plus shortstop for a very long time.

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Strengths

He’s an athletic defender and a plus runner with quick feet. Soft hands, and a solid-average arm that should tick up to become another plus tool. For a player with a smaller frame, Caba has some sneaky pop and strength in his swing from both sides of the plate. With a chance to be a 15-20 home run hitter.

The slick-fielding, switch-hitting shortstop hit .301/.423/.346 with just 16 strikeouts and 28 walks. Before ended his season early because he needed elbow surgery. The 18-year-old Dominican rehabbed his elbow at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater, Fla., and will be ready for spring training.

Caba signed for $3 million in 2023 and at the time was ranked as one of the top talents in the international signing class. Phillie’s senior adviser to international scouting¬†Sal Agostinelli¬†said that Caba is the best defensive prospect he‚Äôs ever seen.

Projection

Caba will be in Extended Spring Training and likely the Florida Complex League after that. The Phillies aggressively pushed Bergolla in 2023, so they could potentially push Caba if they feel like his hit tool can handle it. Most likely he plays most of his games in the complex, possibly mixing in some second base so others can get shortstop reps.

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