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.”

 

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