Dodgers’ Minor League End Of Season Evaluations: Noel Cuevas
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SEASON IN REVIEW
This past season the Dodgers had plenty of outfield depth not only on the major league roster, but also in the minor leagues as well. Overshadowed by the success of Joc Pederson, Alex Castellanos and Scott Van Slyke was Noel Cuevas, a 22 year-old from Puerto Rico. He was a 21st round draft pick in 2010, whose taken some time to finally break onto the scene, but finally did this past season.
Cuevas began the season not among the Dodgers’ Top 20 Prospects, but finished the season as the 19th ranked prospect in the organization. He spent the entire season in High-A with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes where hit for an average of .284. He finished the season with 12 home runs and 66 RBI in 476 at-bats. The nice part about Cuevas’ game is that he possesses what looks like to be a power and speed combination as he also managed to steal 38 bases last season.
FUTURE GOING FORWARD
Since Cuevas was drafted by the Dodgers, he’s been a work in progress and will most likely continue to be until he further develops his skills. Cuevas will also need to better his discipline at the plate as he struck out 107 times last season.
He’ll most likely begin Spring Training in Double-A and remain there for the duration of Spring Training and most likely next season, barring any setbacks in his development.
Since Cuevas is still very young and raw he’ll need some time to fully develop all of his skills. The good thing about Cuevas is that the Dodgers’ don’t need him to move at a fast pace as they have plenty of outfielders to work with within the organization. Cuevas will continue to develop and make his way into the conversation as a valuable asset either on the field or via trade.
The combination of power and speed is something that not only the Dodgers will value, but every team in the major leagues will value. 2013 was a good first step for the young prospect to get his name into the conversation and in 2014 the Dodgers should expect him to take another step forward.
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