According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Cubs may be favorites for at least one highly-regarded Cuban player. They are reportedly the frontrunner for 16 year old LHP Adrian Morejon. According to Badler,
He’s not that big (5-foot-11, 165 pounds), but he showed a good fastball at the time for a 15-year-old lefty (mid-to-upper 80s, touching 91), feel to spin a curveball and feel for pitching beyond his years. Morejon isn’t a free agent yet and will need the commissioner’s office to grant him an exemption to sign during the current signing period.
Morejon also beat the U.S. 15U team at that time with a complete game that included 12Ks and just one walk.
The Cubs are looking to add pitching depth at all levels, so the rumor makes sense. If their scouts feel Morejon projects to add a little size and strength, he could become a starter given his advanced feel for pitching. It should also be noted that smaller LHPs are relatively more common than their righty counterparts.
The Dodgers are involved, as they are with just about everyone, but the Cubs may have the edge this time.
Badler has more on Morejon in this article for Baseball America...
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