Updated 3:15 p.m.
The Cubs today have officially signed another good international prospect, this time from Cuba. He is a right-handed pitcher named Yoanner Negrin, and while it's hard to find information on Cuban prospects, I did manage to find this information from an excerpt of an interview with Carlos Perez, Director of Baseball Operations at Wasserman Media Group:
Negrin can throw 90 MPH consistently with his fastball and can reach as high as 94 MPH. Negrin throws four seamers, sliders, changeups, curveball and two seamers.
I also found a quote directly from Negrin on "Deporte Cubano". It is in Spanish, of course, so I will translate that for you...
"I am a pitcher who depends a lot on his control, although I have reached 94 MPH. I work with a slider, sinker, and forkball, what's more, I can start or relieve."
The report, though, said that Negrin admitted his idols were Francisco Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera. It would seem he prefers to relieve. If you read Spanish and would like to see the original article, click here. The article also talks about current Class A Boise catcher Yaniel Cabezas, who signed with the Cubs last year.
The report did say that he was 25 years old at the time, making him either 26 or 27 depending on his exact birthday. Despite his age, he's considered one of the top available Cuban players at this time. Unlike a lot of international signings, it seems Negrin is already very polished and may be able to help the Cubs sooner rather than later.
Note: This agreement was reached a week or so ago, but it only became official today.
Thanks to reader Wesley for another great tip!
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