You've probably already heard of first baseman Jose Abreu and pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez whom were already signed by MLB clubs this offseason. It will be interesting to see how they fare next season considering how much interest there has been by MLB clubs in players from Cuba of late.
The new kid on the block is Yenier Bello, 28, who is a catcher. After hitting .274 with 13 homers in Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2011, he was suspended by the league for trying to escape from the country. Now, he has successfully escaped but still needs to be approved by the US. With many teams expected to be in the market for catching help, expect Yenier to be a fairly hot commodity once he gets approved. He has already been cleared to play by the MLB.
Bello, nicknamed "Bello Veloso," is known for good defense, with a career 50 percent thrown-out rate on would-be base stealers. His career slash line is .276/.324/.458. He hit a home in 4.5 percent of his at-bats, or one out of every 22 at-bats, which is especially nice for a catcher.
He's expected to do a workout for teams in early November. The Blue Jays are showing interest, mainly because of the awful all-around play they got from J.P. Arenciaba this year.
Bello's definitely a risk, as he's been out of baseball since 2011. But he appears to have kept in fine shape, and you can learn more about him on his Facebook page if you can understand Spanish.
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