by John Vittas and Jon Lewis
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 190 lbs. Class: Jr. Bats / Throws: R / R
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (Grand Street Campus HS)
AB: 260 Slash Line: .242 / .329 / .442 HR: 11 RBI: 53 K-Rate: 19%
Pros: plus arm, natural plus power, projectable, extremely athletic, run producer, durable
Cons: batting average, swing gets long and pull-happy
Lewis: Jose Cuas is as talented an athlete who has donned a Terps uniform. He has a projectable build, great hands, and a strong arm that scouts dream on. Offensively, Cuas puts on a show in BP and has proven a capable run producer in clutch situations. Ideally, you would like to see the average closer to .280 and the strikeouts subside. The team that drafts Cuas can dream on his offensive potential coming to fruition. Based on talent alone, Cuas should go in the top 10 rounds, but with his average hovering around .240 to end the year, it’ll be interesting to see if Cuas falls just a tad.
MLB Comparison: Manny Machado
Vittas: Cuas jumps out at you both physically and athletically when you watch a Maryland game, and his baseball talents are top-5 round worthy. However, a career college average below .250 will raise some red flags. Jose has an open stance and a long load, which sometimes disrupts his timing. When his swing gets long and his approach falters, Cuas strikes out a ton. But when he’s going right, it’s beautiful to watch. The arm at third base is ridiculous, and the movements are smooth and efficient. If Cuas drops to Round 8 or 9 like some are predicting, the team that takes him could be getting a steal. If he smooths out the hit tool, Cuas could be a Major League star.
Range: Rounds: 5-12
20-80 Scale (50 is Big League average)
Hit: 45 Power: 60 Field: 50 Throw: 60 Run: 55 Overall: 50
* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons.
* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.
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