Cuban players have emerged as the new proven market for baseball organizations. They have provided an immediate power surge to any lineup. Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig have been the most successful players defecting from Cuba in recent years. Possibly the next among them is Yasmani Tomas.
Tomas will become eligible to sign with a MLB team this offseason, and though it’s not surprising, the Philadelphia Phillies are showing interest in him. This does suggest that Ruben Amaro Jr. may have options to produce a competitive team sooner than expected.
Tomas stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 230 pounds with incredible power. He received a 70-grade on the 20-80 scouting scale, which among current prospects, ranks along side recent call-up for the Chicago Cubs, Javier Baez. Tomas will make an immediate impact when he signs with a club this winter.
The Phillies have also been showing strong interest with Rusney Castillo, another Cuban star. While the price for Castillo has nearly doubled since first reported, Tomas is expected to receive much less. Tomas is four years younger than Castillo, which is one reason why the Phillies are more likely to land Tomas. The priority for the Phillies is to obtain younger talent, and Tomas would be the first step for the Phillies’ future.
It’s unclear what next the few years hold for the Phillies, but Amaro can head in the right direction by signing a younger player to a more friendly contract. Tomas can provide the Phillies’ lineup with another right-handed power bat for the 2015 season.