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The news does come as a surprise with all the talent this organization has within its farm system, but it’s always a plus if you’re able to land the top defectors available.
There’s no telling who Martinez will end up signing with when it’s all said and done – hopefully, he understand the direction in which this club is going to land on the North Side of Chicago.
While the Cubs may be in the mix, you shouldn’t count out teams such as the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox or even the Tampa Bay Rays. Teams who are post-season bound will, especially the Yankees, do everything they can to make sure they win his services.
Mainly teams who are post-season bound will, especially the Yankees, do everything they can to make sure they win his services.
Back in 2013 as a member of the Lenadores de Las Tunas the then 19-year-old left fielder recorded 24 hits, one double, three triples, with one big fly and 19 RBI while slashing .229/.333/.324 in 105 at-bats.
Joining this years defector class other than Martinez will be infielder 23-year-old Luis Yander La O Camacho, 19-year-old left-hander Carlos Perez and young pitcher Yadier Alvarez. There’s no telling how long Junior Lake will end up sticking around with the team and center fielder Dexter Fowler could be on his way out in just a few season.
Chicago still has a handful of outfield prospects such as Billy McKinney, Albert Almora, Eloy Jimenez, Jacob Hannemann, Bijan Rademacher, and Kevonte Mitchell within their Top 30 according to MLB Pipeline.
Cubs’ President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have been tied to multiple prospects since joining the organization including Jorge Soler just three years ago.
It’s always exciting to see who will become a part of the fresh batch of international players who are looking to make the transition to Major League Baseball.