According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, baseball player Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba with plans to sign with an MLB team. The defection process is lengthy but considering the phenom’s raw talent, it will be worth the wait.
Scouts have compared the first baseman to Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes. During the 2011-12 Cuban season, the 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound kid hit .394 with 35 homeruns.
With the weaker pool of free agent talent this winter in mind, Abreu will be one of the most sought-after prospects. ESPN is predicting that Abreu could sign a deal close to $50 million. Do you think he will outshine former teammate Yasiel Puig? Take a look at Jose Dariel Abreu and tell us what you think!
— Amber Matsumoto
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