Cubs: Prospects who you might not have heard of–but you will
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No. 25 – Rafael Morel, Shortstop
After signing Christoper Morel in the 2015 Draft, the Cubs added his younger brother, fellow Dominican shortstop Rafael Morel in 2018. When Morel was an amateur, scouts ended up deciding if he’d end up at shortstop of center field. He will easily be in a utility role, as he has the tools to play anywhere on the diamond.
Morel has a sweet swing from the right side and makes solid contact. He also makes consistently hard contact and shows a propensity to lift the ball into the air. He broke into the pros with a .821 OPS, 25 extra-base hits and 23 steals in 60 games in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League.
Speed-wise, he’s excellent. He has plus-speed to make him a threat on the bases. Whether or not he ‘fills out’ is to be determined.