The Colorado Rockies on Tuesday acquired minor league outfielder Noel Cuevas to complete a Nov. 24 trade that sent right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cuevas, 23, owns a career .262/.318/.404 line in five professional seasons. In his first year in Double-A, the Puerto Rico native hit .231/.285/.351 with 28 extra-base hits in 471 plate appearances.
Described as a future left fielder by Baseball Prospectus, Cuevas isn't good enough defensively to have that be his calling card to an eventual major league career. Thus, he'll have to hit, something he didn't do particularly well last season. Still, he has good raw power, according to Zach Mortimer, and could turn into a decent prospect if the Rockies are able to help him corral his issues with making contact. As it sits now, Cuevas is comparable to former Colorado outfield prospect Rafael Ortega, as well as A.J. Pollock and Engel Beltre, per BPro.
So, while he's maybe not a great defender and has issues at the plate as well, Cuevas is capable of doing this:
Fans of the New Britain Rock Cats should have some fun watching Cuevas play. All in all, he's certainly not the worst return the Rockies could have received for Nicasio.