Cuban Outfielder Dian Toscano Agrees To Sign With Braves

Dian Toscano, a 25-year-old Cuban outfielder, has agreed to sign a major league contract with the Braves. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately available.

Toscano, who is around 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, is a lefthanded hitter with good bat control and strike-zone awareness. He never played on the Cuban national team, so he wasn’t a player scouts saw much of before he left the island.

Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The year before, Toscano hit .287/.438/.380 with 35 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hit just three home runs that year and never showed much power in Cuba, though he’s in significantly better shape and has increased his strength since leaving Cuba.

He was a left fielder for Villa Clara, and he’s expected to stay there in pro ball because of his lack of arm strength, though he runs well enough that he could see some time in center field.

Since Toscano is 25 and played five seasons in Serie Nacional, he’s exempt from the international bonus pools. He trains with Rudy Santin and is represented by Manny Paula.