Monday, November 3, 2014
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER CUBAN THE YANKEES MIGHT LIKE
I'm tired of the Cuban guys that the Yankees have private showcases with, only to pass them up because they "weren't the right fit" or they "really weren't that interested" in the first place. I'm at the point where I'm willing to wait to be sure the Yankees sign a Cuban guy.
That being said, we need to report this stuff because it's important to the baseball world and to the New York Yankees. After all, it's the off season. Yankee fans like to see action. So, let's bring you what we know, shall we?
Yoan Moncada is a stud. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says:
" Moncada has established residence in Guatemala and will hold a showcase for interested teams on November 12. Moncada is waiting to be unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before he can sign with a major league team.
Moncada is 19 and is a switch hitter, drawing praise from scouts as “the next Jorge Soler“. Naturally, he has also drawn comparisons to Yasiel Puig, Rusney Castillo, and Yasmany Tomas."
You remember the other guys right? All those guys are guys the Yanks were possibly "in" on, only to be "out" for a variety of reasons. Not sure why the Yankees won't pull the trigger on certain Cuban players. I guess it's whatever fits their needs at the time and the timing is off. Well, I will tell you this though, Moncada is appealing to me. Moncada can play shortstop, and last time I checked, we need one.
Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs says this of Moncada:
"Moncada is 19 and packs a lot of tools into his 6’1/210 frame. He’s a plus-plus runner with above average raw power from both sides of the plate and the tools/skills to stick in the infield, possibly at shortstop. Moncada is the quick-twitch type with big bat speed that clubs covet and his track record of hitting at big tournaments and in Cuba’s professional leagues is excellent considering his age."
The Yankees will no doubt be at the November 19th showcase. We'll report more on Moncada then... don't get crazy... you know the Yankees track record with the Cuban players. They are slow...or is it considered overly cautious. You tell me...
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