I know we’re supposed to be talking the final day of the Caribbean Series and everything, but let’s talk Cuban defectors for a second.
Well, one in particular.
I just had a scout run 18-year-old outfielder Ryde Rodriguez (who isn’t actually a defector since he left the country legally) under the bus.
Rodriguez just finished playing for Boer in the Nicaraguan League, and aside from poor numbers, he hit just .242 and hit no home runs, apparently the five-tool tag is about 4 1/2 tools too much.
“This guy is the king of jam shots,” a scout from an American League club said. “He has this shoulder swing and he can’t elevate. And this was in BP. The guy looked like he was swinging with a wet Baseball America . . . in BP.
“The body is great–looks like Ruben Sierra. 40 runner, with maybe a 55 arm, but he’s not accurate with his throws at all. People have told me he played in the amateur league in Cuba, but there’s no way.
“Cubans don’t play baseball like that.”
One name to keep in mind when July rolls around and the international free agent season begins might be Colombian righthander Julio Teheran.
Teheran is already 88-90 mph with his fastball, and has two workable breaking balls.
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