Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera have been working out for teams in the past few weeks, and the Dodgers have been in attendance. They are expected to be in the mix for both. Also, they were linked to another Cuban in right-hander Jorge Hernandez, who is looking for a work visa in the U.S. Well, now there’s another Cuban prospect and once again the Dodgers are among the teams rumored to be interested.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, an 18-year-old Cuban pitcher is the next big name from the country:
Scout buzz: The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Phillies among the teams expected to be in heavy on 18-year-old Cuban flamethrower Yadier Alvarez.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 2015
Alvarez worked out in the Dominican Republic with the Dodgers in attendance via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
dodgers among many teams in DR to see alvarez hit 93-97. the comp: young ramon martinez
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 11, 2015
Alvarez would be subject to international signing limits because he’s 18 and hasn’t pitched at least five years in the Serie Nacional. Reports have the teenager in the mid-90s with a plus-slider and change up. He’s listed at 6’3, 175 pounds, but still has time to fill out due to his young age. Because of the rules in place, the Dodgers could sign both Moncada and Alvarez, but it would have to during the signing period that ends in July.
While it’s all just speculation at the moment, it appears the Dodgers could have even more of an international presence this year.