MLB Draft Countdown: #38, Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina

Player: Aaron Sabato Draft Day Age: 21
School: North Carolina Position(s): 1B
Height: 6’2” Weight: 230 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hit: This is where Sabato will make his presence known. There isn’t much wasted movement in the swing, allowing him to have a higher contact grade than most power hitters these days. The power will be the carrying tool, as he projects as a guy who can hit 30 long balls at the highest level.
Field: Limited to first. There was a time he was given some consideration to trying other spots around the diamond, but a shoulder surgery limits his already below-average arm strength. He is slow footed, meaning he does not have the range to play outfield, but the hands are good enough to be a quality first baseman.
Summary: The sample size for Sabato is quite limited as he struggled to open his freshman campaign before going on an absolute tear and setting the freshman record in home runs for a member of the North Carolina baseball team. He had surgery over the summer preventing him from showcasing his skills in the premier summer leagues so there are no real reports on him carrying a wood bat. He picked up where he left off a season ago, hitting seven home runs in the 19 games before the season was cancelled. Given he is a first base only prospect, the bat has to carry him, and he has more than enough to do just that.

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