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Cuthbert in Sickels's MiLB notes

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(We've talked about this a bit around here, but Sickels had a note about Cuthbert's progress:) **Kansas City Royals third base prospect Cheslor Cuthbert is holding his own in the Midwest League. An 18-year-old Nicaraguan signed in 2009, Cuthbert is hitting .289/.350/.467 in 24 games for Kane County, with nine walks and 14 strikeouts in 90 at-bats. The Midwest League OPS is just .686, so his .818 OPS indicates that he's well ahead of his competition in performance despite his age. Cuthbert's plate discipline isn't great but has taken a step forward this year, and scouts remained enamored with his bat speed, power potential, and solid ability to make contact. He's also made a dramatic improvement with the glove this year: he had an .891 fielding percentage and seven errors in 28 games of rookie ball last season, but has made just one error in 22 games this year. He still needs work with his footwork and just more experience in general, but it's a definite start.

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