A longtime fan favorite in Manoa, University of Hawaii center fielder Kaeo Aliviado is looking to extend his career this week through the Major League Baseball Draft.
His numbers aren’t the question. Aliviado led the Rainbow Warriors with five home runs, hitting .248 with 31 RBI in 2015. Scouts have compared the four-year starter’s tool set to former Rainbow Kolten Wong, but with less explosiveness and power.
The 2005 Little League World Series champion from Ewa Beach was a wizard in center field for Hawaii, fielding .981 through his four years as captain in the outfield.
His shortcomings are out of his control. Standing at 5’6″ and 165 lbs, some scouts wonder if his game will be able to translate to the professional level.
“To get a shot at playing at the next level would be a dream come true for me, and something that I grew up thinking about and wanted to do for my life,” Aliviado said.
Wednesday’s rounds 11-40 will conclude the MLB draft. Selections are scheduled to start at 6 a.m. HST.