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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 60: Caberea Weaver

This promising hitter and all-around player looks to suit up in Montana this season

Impressive debut: Like many young players, Weaver looks to clip his strikeout total in order to scale up the organizational chart.
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Caberea Weaver
180 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 19
SSS rank among all center fielders in the system: 7

PerfectGame had Weaver ranked 62nd among prep prospects in the 2018 draft. After the 2017 Under Armour Showcase, Baseball Factory said Weaver “continues to show as a prospect on the diamond [and] continues to shine with pro level hitting/power potential.” The site clocked Weaver’s exit velocity at 88 mph and tabbed him “a special type player.” Weaver ran a 60-yard-dash in 6.44, and was given 60 grades in hitting, power, and fielding with a 58 in throwing.

While some of those grades may have been a wee bit high, especially the hitting tool, Weaver showed enough to be drafted by the White Sox in the seventh round. He accepted the signing bonus of $226,200, and bypassed his strong verbal commitment with the University of Georgia.

Weaver struggled a bit with the AZL White Sox last year, which is certainly understandable. For the season, he slashed .248/.367/.342 in 112 at-bats, with five doubles, three triples, one homer, 11 RBIs, eight stolen bases, 10 HBP, 18 walks (10.0%) and 52 strikeouts (28.9%). He committed just one error in 45 games in the outfield, mostly playing in center.

Aside from strikeouts, Weaver really did quite well. If he can cut down those whiffs, his natural speed alone should help him become a .300 hitter, not to mention that with his build, one can easily project a 20-20 hitter. If he had simply cut down his strikeouts by a third while maintaining his .375 BABIP, Weaver would’ve hit .289 for the year.

With a bit more refinement, and becoming more acclimated to the speed of the game, Weaver could certainly find his path to the majors some day. As of now, expect him to gain additional development with the AZL Sox in 2019 — with a possibility of early promotion to Great Falls if things go well.

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

60. Caberea Weaver, CF
61. Matt Foster, RHRP
62. Tate Blackman, 2B
63. Hunter Schryver, LHRP
64. Romy González, CF
65. Carlos Perez, C
66. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
67. Taylor Varnell, LHSP
68. John Parke, LHSP
69. Mike Morrison, RHRP
70. Zach Remillard, 3B
71. Luis Martinez, RHSP
72. Zach Lewis, RHSP
73. José Nin, RHRP
74. Colton Turner, LHSP
75. Jhoandro Alfonso, C
76. Ramon Beltre, 2B
77. Charlie Tilson, CF
78. Hunter Kiel, RHRP
79. Jason Bilous, RHSP
80. Nick Johnson, RHRP
81. Danny Dopico, RHRP
82. Harvin Mendoza, 1B
83. Logan Sowers, RF
84. Maiker Feliz, 3B
85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

More information on South Side Top Prospects.