Born and raised in El Vigía, Venezuela. It is located directly south of Lake Maracaibo...His twin brother, Luis Alejandro, plays in the Arizona system. They both were originally signed by Boston in 2012...Participated in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. Basabe hit a two-run homer in the game on a 102.1 mph pitch according to Statcast...Signed by the Red Sox as an International free agent in 2012 and spent four years in their minor league system before being traded to the White Sox, along with Yoán Moncada, Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, in exchange for Chris Sale in December of 2016...His hobbies include playing video games (PlayStation). He also enjoys horseback riding.
Was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations on Aug. 9...Spent time at the Giants Alternate Training site before being called up on Aug. 27 as the 27th man for the team's doubleheader and then again on Sept. 8...Appeared in nine games with the Giants and went 2-for-14 (.143) with one RBI...Collected his first big league hit with a single off Seattle's LHP Nick Margevicius in the 6th inning on Sept. 17...Landed on the 10-day IL on Sept. 23 with a right hamstring strain...suffered the injury while running down the first base line trying to beat out a grounder to shortstop.
Appeared in a combined 74 games between Class A Kannapolis (five rehab games) and Class AA Birmingham, batting .250 (69-for-276) with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 31 RBI and 10 stolen bases ... Was on the injured list three times: 4/4-21 (surgery on left hand), 6/1-10 and 6/21-7/11 (strained left quad) ... Preseason Baseball America Rankings: Best Defensive Outfielder in the White Sox system ... Preseason MLB.com Rankings: No. 7 prospect in the Chicago organization.
Hit .258 (113-438) with 21 doubles, eight triples, 15 home runs, 56 RBI, 77 runs scored, 64 walks and 16 steals in 119 combined games with Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham ... Hit .327 (35-107) against lefties and .340 (16-47) with RISP … hit all nine of his home runs off right-handers ... Was named to the Carolina League midseason All-Star team ... Was named White Sox Minor League co-Player of the Month for April after batting .313 (26-83) with seven doubles, three triples, four homers, 17 RBI, 16 runs scored, a .400 on-base percentage and .614 slugging percentage over 21 games ... Was promoted to Birmingham on 6/21 ... Was the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game on 7/15 at Nationals Park … hit a two-run homer off Hunter Greene in the third inning (pitch was recorded at 102.3 mph per MLB Statcast) ... Recorded a 15-game hitting streak from 7/9-27 (.315, 17-54) ... Played in 15 games with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League ... Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Outfielder in the Sox system.
Spent the entire season with Class A Winston-Salem in his first season in the White Sox organization...Appeared in 92 games in center field, 12 in right and two as the DH … batted .277 (18-65) in April and .273 (9-33) in August...Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from 4/13-26 … registered three hits on 5/24 at Myrtle Beach...Was placed on the disabled list on 8/14 with a sprained left knee and missed the remainder of the season... Appeared in six games with Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, going 3-17 (.176) with one double and two RBI...Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 8 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Batted a combined .264 (112-425) with 26 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 53 RBI and 25 steals in 110 games with Class A Greenville and Class A Salem in the Red Sox system ... Was successful on 83.3 percent (25-30) of his stolen-base attempts, including 15 straight to open the season ... Reached base safely in SAL-best 29 straight road games from 4/14-7/5, batting .351 (39-111) with a .451 on-base percentage ... Hit .299 (69-231) in the second half … recorded a 15-game hitting streak from 7/10-29 (.410, 25-61) ... White Sox acquisition was recommended by Joe Butler.
Was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star with Advanced Rookie Lowell ... Ranked among the NYPL leaders in home runs (3rd, 7), walks (7th, 32) and stolen bases (10th, 15) ... Was rated by Baseball America following the season as the No. 6 prospect in the NYPL.