Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada.

By now that’s the name buzzing among the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans. The 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder seems to the the prize of a handful of Cuban players currently hitting the market. Moncada has been working out in hopes to land a deal with a team before Spring Training. The Dodgers have been of the teams with heavy interest in his services.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Moncada drew a crowd in his private workout for the defending NL West champions:

While there’s been reports that the Dodgers have “reservations” about signing Moncada, they also want to get a closer look to make sure they make the correct decision. Those doubts about inking the teenage prospect come from the fact that he would cost the team a dollar-for-dollar tax and a two-year probationary period in the international signing game. It’s a battle of risk and reward with Moncada, who can play shortstop, second base or third base, and has shown a strong bat from both sides of the plate.

The private workout comes about 11 days before the unofficial signing date placed by Moncada and his camp. If the Dodgers do break the bank for the infielder, he likely will spend at least the beginning of the year in the minors getting accustomed to professional baseball in a new country.

Not only are the Dodgers looking at Moncada, but they have also been linked to fellow Cubans Hector Olivera, Jorge Hernandez and Yadier Alvarez. The Dodgers hit it big with Yasiel Puig, but have been underwhelmed thus far by Alex Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarrena, although they have not had the proper amount of time to be completely judged.

It will be a matter of days before we find out if the Dodgers think that Moncada is worth the investment.

About The Author

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

4 Responses

  1. Alex

    Worth it. Get him.

    It’s nice that the new F.O. is bringing in cost-effective players and looking for hidden gems, but you still need to splurge on some heavy hitters and star pitchers every now and then. Kershaw, Greinke, Gonzalez, etc…

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  2. Kevin Bruce

    I think the risk on a high upside kid like this is worth it. Its easy to say that though since its not my money =)

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  3. Jackson Ebner

    It took about 20 years, but the smart baseball execs have finally realized that it is way better to invest in elite youth than declining ex superstars. DUH. Sign this kid.

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