Tis the season to begin scouting, oh, I almost turned that into a Christmas Carol. Anyways, prospects across the globe are always heavily scouted, especially ones from the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Right now one of the main prospects in the spotlight is right handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Gonzalez put himself on the radar for major league teams while playing for Cuba’s national team in 2009 and 2011 World Baseball Cups. The 26 year old prospect pitched in front of scouts multiple times in Mexico.
He’s 6’3 and has a lean athletic build to him, has plenty of strength in his delivery while having a high leg kick. Reports say he can hide the ball well and does a nice job of keeping his shoulders closed and inline with the plate.
Right now he is drawing attention from the Atlanta Braves, who could possibly be the front runners to sign the 26 year old Cuban right hander. Behind them you would expect to see the Chicago Cubs, who have the money to bring the kid in as they need to focus on pitchers, or at least I hope they do.
Teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Red Sox and Angels have been told to be interested in signing him. Gonzalez is reportedly seeking a 5 year contract around $60 million.
He was cleared by the United States government earlier this week and is now eligible to sign with any major league team.