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MLB 2023 | International prospects: Ariel Castro, Luis Morales, and Brandon Mayea have been signed

Major League Baseball (MLB) and other Cuban Players News for the 2022-2023 offseason. A compendium from several sources

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Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Yankees and OF Brandon Mayea have agreed to a $4.4 million dollar deal.

The ninth-ranked international prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Mayea is an excellent athlete with a great blend of tools and baseball skills who projects to stick in center field. At 5-foot-11, the 17-year-old isn’t very big but has begun to show power from his pull side. What sets him apart is his unbelievably quick bat and the ability to put the bat on the ball. Dynasty and keeper league managers should keep their eye on this exciting prospect.

Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Athletics and RHP Luis Danys Morales have agreed to terms.

The fifth-ranked international prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Morales is older than most players as he is 20 years old when he inked a deal with Athletics. Morales was one of the best pitchers in Cuba and has been playing in Mexico since defecting from the island. Morales’ fastball sits in the mid-nineties and is a developing slider that could be an excellent out pitch for him. Due to his age, he could a fast riser for the rebuilding Oakland A's.

Ariel Castro signs with the Minnesota Twins for $2.5 million

Also, according to Jesse Sanchez, the Twins has signed Cuban outfielder Ariel Castro for a $2.5 million deal. Castro is the No. 11 prospect on the International Top 50 Prospect List. According to Sanchez his physical development has led to him becoming one of the best hitters on the international scene. The outfielder has lots of potential, and he could have above-average power in the future. Castro shows good instincts in center field and has a strong arm on defense. Eventually, he might become a power-hitting corner outfielder. In terms of running ability, he is expected to be average. The Dominican Republic is home to MLB trainer partnership program member Jaime Ramos, who trains Castro.



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