Moncada could start workouts within two weeks

Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada is still awaiting clearance from the Office of Foreign Asset and Control (OFAC), but is widely expected to begin private workouts within the next two weeks according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

The 19-year-old is one of the game’s top international prospects right now and is expected to garner significant interest once he’s officially available. Though his market will continue to develop as teams make more offseason moves, the clubs that were represented at Moncada’s “batting showcase” earlier this year were the Braves, Red Sox, Yankees, Giants, Rays, Padres and Cubs.

Given his age, position and switch-hitting ability, Moncada doesn’t figure to be short on offers as the process continues. There are no clear frontrunners at this point, but it’s certainly a situation worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

— Paul Casella

2 Comments

Obviously the Padres are going to sign him… Trying to rebuild the Farm System and AJ Preller is a master in the International Market… I’m excited!

Maybe the yankees will spend a portion of the huge profits they make off of outrageous ticket prices and concessions and make an offer. Doubtful. It appears that their cuban vp is against them signing any cuban players.

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