Socrates Brito named under-the-radar breakthrough player by ESPN’s Buster Olney

Mar 29, 2016, 6:30 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Socrates Brito watches his RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels during t...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Socrates Brito watches his RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels during third inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Socrates Brito has garnered some attention this spring.

After hitting .303 in 33 at-bats at the end of his debut season in 2015, Brito is hitting .327 this spring with one home run and seven RBI.

The 23-year-old’s talent has started to catch the eye of the national baseball media.

Earlier this month, ESPN’s Aaron Boone said that Brito “has all the makings to be a really good player” and “a rookie of the year caliber player if he gets that opportunity.”

As ESPN’s Buster Olney noted in his list of 10 under-the-radar breakthrough players, that opportunity is what’s currently blocking Brito in the starting lineup.

He’s 23 years old and theoretically is behind a wall of more experienced and more expensive players, from A.J. Pollock to David Peralta to Yasmany Tomas. But more than a couple of evaluators believe that Brito is such a well-rounded player that he will push his way into playing time. “They’ve bet on this year,” said one scout, referring to the Diamondbacks, “and if [Brito] turns out to be better than Tomas — offense, defense, everything — they’ll play him.”

Brito could benefit from a quick pull of Tomas that the scout in Olney’s piece suggests if the $68.5 million dollar man is unable to live up to expectations.

Earlier in the offseason, Olney named Tomas as the D-backs’ “linchpin player.”

 

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Ryan McMahon #24 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a Kris Bryant RBI single against the Arizona Dia...
Associated Press

Arizona Diamondbacks pitching gets rocked in loss to Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies scored 11 runs on 12 hits off of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching as the D-backs fell 11-7 on Saturday night at Coors Field.
1 day ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel works against the Colorado Rockies during the ...
Jake Anderson

Dallas Keuchel roughed up in 2nd start for Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

It was a rough day at the office for D-backs left-handed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel against the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night.
1 day ago
Cooper Hummel #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates his home run against the Washington Nation...
Alex Weiner

D-backs recall OF Cooper Hummel, option 1B/OF Pavin Smith

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled rookie Cooper Hummel and optioned first baseman Pavin Smith to Triple-A Reno, the team announced Saturday.
1 day ago
(Twitter photo / @Padres)...
Arizona Sports

San Diego Padres unveil colorful City Connect uniforms

The San Diego Padres released MLB's newest and perhaps most colorful City Connect uniforms with a blend of pink, green and yellow.
1 day ago
Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws against the Colorado Rockies ...
Jake Anderson

Merrill Kelly, Diamondbacks offense get off to hot start in July vs. Rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly wasted no time getting off to a hot start in the month of July.
2 days ago
Luke Weaver #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the f...
Character Counts

D-backs’ Luke Weaver helping raise money for exploited girls in Philippines

D-backs pitcher Luke Weaver is teaming up with Big League Impact to help raise money for exploited and trafficked Filipino girls.
3 days ago
Socrates Brito named under-the-radar breakthrough player by ESPN’s Buster Olney