It happened. His day has finally come. After being initially linked to the Marlins as far back as late 2019, Yiddi Cappe was forced to wait another six months to officially make his dream a reality. Today, Cappe, surrounded by his family, finally inked his free agent contract with the Marlins.
“It was just more of a dream,” Cappe said through an interpreter at his introductory press conference. “As a kid being part of Miami, there in Florida [are] a lot of Cubans. The community is really big. It’s just a dream. I always wanted to be a Marlin, and now I am, and it’s an honor.”
The 10th ranked international prospect, Cappe came to America as a 16-year-old in 2018. Cappe began playing against national competition and it didn’t take him long to start garnering the attention of scouts. Cappe could have been selected earlier than today but he originally hit the market at a time when most teams spent most of their pool money. According to reports, it is rumored that the Marlins offered Cappe a $3.5 million bonus to hold out until 2020 when bonus pools reset. Cappe apparently agreed. Since then, Yiddi has been working out at the Marlins’ academy in the Dominican Republic. The film we have seen of him is encouraging:
Latest round of BP from Marlins international free agent target Cuban SS Yiddi Cappe (wearing a face covering) pic.twitter.com/bGKCNN4jIa— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 7, 2020
The ultimate question on everyone’s mind is how good can Yiddi be? Where do we cap Cappe’s ceiling? Judging by what reports and our eyes while viewing the material we have seen on Yiddi tell us, that ceiling is pretty high. He has a solid straight-through approach, good bat speed, a good feel for the strike zone and can cover the plate in order to hit to all fields. The biggest question surrounding Yiddi for evaluators is can he make that translate to in-game action at the next level? A lanky kid and one of the older signees in this year’s class and a guy who hasn’t seen much in game action recently, some scouts limit their optimism and label Cappe a glove-first player at the next level. On the flip side, there are others who see a good offensive blueprint and plenty of time for Yiddi to grow in to his body, adding a better power element to his game.