New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Another hard-hitting Cuban outfielder could soon hit the market with the defection of Yasmany Tomas.
A 23-year-old member of Havana’s Industriales, Tomas was in the Dominican Republic and exploring his options. Cuban newspaper Granma confirmed the defection Friday.
Last season, Tomas hit .286 with 15 home runs, 60 RBIs and 45 runs scored. A 6-foot-1, 230-pound slugger, Tomas is most noted for his power.
Reports indicate that Tomas’ power is a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He profiles as a corner outfielder and will most likely need time at Triple-A before joining a Major League team.
Tomas needs to establish residence in another foreign country and be cleared by Major League Baseball and the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control before being declared a free agent.
Other Cuban sluggers to defect in recent years include Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu of the White Sox.