Cuban Prospects: Yiddi Cappe (Miami Marlins)

Yiddi Cappe is the number 6 prospect in the Marlins organization. He left Cuba at the end of 2018 and became one of the top prospects in the 2019 international class, but most teams had already committed their bonus pool money to other players.

He decided to hold out for a bigger bonus in the 2020 signing period, which the pandemic pushed back to January 2021. After signing for $3.5 million , he enjoyed a strong debut against lesser competition in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. In 55 games he hit .270 and drove in 27 runs.

In 2022 the flashy shortstop from Havana was named as the Player of the Year in Miami’s minor league system. During the year he played for the Florida Complex Marlins (RK) and the Jupiter Hammerheads (A).

Scouting report:

Cappe is a 6’3″ shortstop (20 years old) with a ton of physical ability, he has been compared to a Carlos Correa in his early days. He has started to put some size on his lanky frame and this has led to a boost in his power numbers. He does a good job of keeping his swing in check with two strikes and does a good job of managing the strike zone.

He’s a solid runner right now, but he could lose some quickness as he gets stronger, which could move him to third base in the future. Cappe has one of the stronger arms in the organization, but like many young shortstops he needs to improve his defensive consistency.

Contact: 50 | Power: 50 | Speed: 55 | Arm: 60 | Defense: 55 | Overall: 50

Season (2022):

In 2022 Cappe hit .290 batting average, nine home runs (not bad for a leadoff hitter), 40 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .766 OPS. In the Florida Complex League Cappe played in a total of 30 games. During this period he hit .305 with 23 runs scored, seven doubles and six home runs. In addition, he drove in 25 runs and stole six bases. He also slashed .364/.517/.881 OPS.

At Class-A Jupiter, he was on board for 37 games, where he hit .278, with 18 runs scored, five doubles, a triple and three longballs. While driving in 15 runs and stealing seven bases. For his career in the minors he hits .282 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and an OPS of .752.

Current season (2023):

Yiddi Cappe has started 2023 hitting a solid .270, has gone yard twice and driven nine runs in the first 10 games of the year with Beloit (A+). He has also slashed .310/.568/.877 during this time. He projects to reach the majors by 2025.

On a team who has an aging Jean Segura at 3B and utilityman Jon Berti gobbling up most of the innings at shortstop there is a bright future for Cappe, but this all depends on how quickly he develops.

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