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Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas has defected from his native country in order to pursue a contract with a major league team.

Tomas, 23, has played five seasons in Serie Nacional, so he will be exempt from the international bonus pools. Badler says the outfielder "was arguably one of the top 10 or so players left in Cuba in terms of major league potential" and that Tomas "has 70 raw power on the 20-80 scale." The 23-year-old will have to obtain residency in another country, get an unblocking license from the OFAC and be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball before being allowed to sign a contract. Badler thinks it's unlikely Tomas will sign with an MLB club before the end of the season, but he figures to be one of the bigger free agent fish over the winter.

Does anyone know anything about him? How does he compare to Abreu, Puig, and Cespedes?

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http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/power-hitting-yasmani-tomas-leaves-cuba/

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/06/top-outfielder-yasmani-tomas-defects-from-cuba.html

Badler writes that Tomas, who stands 6’1″ and weighs 230 pounds, has 70-grade raw power (on the 20-80 scouting scale), and among current Cuban players, only the highly touted Alfredo Despaigne has more power. While Tomas has experience in center field and “decent” speed for his size, he’s ultimately a below-average runner and will have to play an outfield corner in the Majors. He does have some swing-and-miss tendencies and has shown weakness against plus velocity and breaking pitches. As such, some seasoning in Triple-A would do him some good, in Badler’s opinion, though he doesn’t rule out the possibility that Tomas could jump directly into a big league lineup. In response to a reader on Twitter, Badler notes that despite his upside, Tomas isn’t at the same level as White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who was more polished coming out of Cuba.

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From what I've read, there's a lot of swing and miss as well as raw power. He's also not very good with breaking pitches yet. He was ranked the 6th best WBC prospect last year by Ben Badler where Masahiro Tanaka was #1 and Jose Abreu was #4. He's a tier below the Abreu,Cespdes,Puig trio.

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He's a Dayan Viciedo clone with higher upside.

That's actually a really nice comparison to what I was thinking. Pretty much everything is dependent on him getting much better at recognizing breaking balls.

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He's a Dayan Viciedo clone with higher upside.

Agreed...he's not as good as Abreu or even Cespedes, but he's somewhere in between Cespedes and Dayan Viciedo. Not sure if that makes sense? haha

Anyways, with any Cuban, it's hard to get accurate scouting reports and have it translate to MLB. Perfect example: Abreu was predicted to be a 20-25 HR guy....he's got that in 250 PA's already!!! At this pace he's more of a 40 HR, 100 RBI guy.

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He's a Dayan Viciedo clone with higher upside.

So a swing at everything guy who actually makes good contact?

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Think the Phillies go after both of these guys? Him and Castillo

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Does anyone know when or if he's been declared a free agent available to sign with a MLB team?

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This is the best i found.

"Tomas will still have to obtain residency in another country, get an unblocking license from the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball to be eligible to enter into an agreement with a club. The timetable for jumping through those hurdles varies, though it seems unlikely Tomas would sign before the end of the season and it might take him until 2015 to ultimately sign."

http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/power-hitting-yasmani-tomas-leaves-cuba/

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I had no idea he was this kind of a prospect.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by one international scout that Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas could get a contract worth as much as $100 million.

Cafardo notes that Tomas "has gotten himself in shape" and was told the money will "get really high" if he performs well in his showcase later this month. Tomas can be susceptible to breaking stuff but has immense raw power. It sounds like he could easily surpass fellow countryman Rusney Castillo's $72.5 million contract from last month. Cafardo says the Phillies "could go hard on him," but several teams, including the Red Sox, will be interested. Sep 14 - 1:01 PM

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Jesus, for a guy who has hit 30 home runs since 2008 and is supposed to be a power hitter, that's kind of too much isn't it?

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I think the big (massive) reason he's allegedly going to be paid this much is because he's still pretty young. Would like to know how he compares with Rusney and Kang though

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Heard this morning on the radio, Buster Olney believes the Giants will be the front-runners for his services. Evidently the workouts for MLB teams is being hosted at their facility in the Dominican Republic and not that this means everything, but said that some teams believe this indicated that the Giants had an "in". With their contract acumen Im sure they will pay him $100 Million and he will be the next Dayan Viciedo and probably still figure out a way to win another World Series, maybe this time go for $75 Million of dead or useless money when they win their next one.

Meanwhile, the Southernmost California team....

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Heard this morning on the radio, Buster Olney believes the Giants will be the front-runners for his services. Evidently the workouts for MLB teams is being hosted at their facility in the Dominican Republic and not that this means everything, but said that some teams believe this indicated that the Giants had an "in". With their contract acumen Im sure they will pay him $100 Million and he will be the next Dayan Viciedo and probably still figure out a way to win another World Series, maybe this time go for $75 Million of dead or useless money when they win their next one.

Meanwhile, the Southernmost California team....

Haha, so much Padre...

Kind of tough to beat the dead money in 2010 of Zito and Rowand. I think they had more dead money on that club than what they were paying for the guys that carried them to that title. To be fair, there were a lot of whispers that Coletti had way too much influence in that front office and Zito was clearly an ownership call and Sabean may have never been on board with that one. It's pretty evident since Colletti left that the Giants put a HUGE emphasis on developing young talent and no longer were making huge overpays for vets. Their entire infield is home grown talent and a lot of guys have come through that minor league pipeline including most of their pitching. Most of the veterans they have signed in recent years were bit parts that were coming in on very team friendly 1 or 2 year deals. This front office doesn't get enough credit for all that they do really well.

I don't think the current version of the front office will overpay for Tomas. They have been linked to almost every Cuban player so far and have yet to sign one. It will probably have a lot to do with where they feel they are in the Sandoval negotiations. If they feel like Sandoval is going to walk, it frees up a lot of money they probably have set aside for him, but also leaves a big hole at third.

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Heard this morning on the radio, Buster Olney believes the Giants will be the front-runners for his services. Evidently the workouts for MLB teams is being hosted at their facility in the Dominican Republic and not that this means everything, but said that some teams believe this indicated that the Giants had an "in". With their contract acumen Im sure they will pay him $100 Million and he will be the next Dayan Viciedo and probably still figure out a way to win another World Series, maybe this time go for $75 Million of dead or useless money when they win their next one.

Meanwhile, the Southernmost California team....

Haha, so much Padre...

Kind of tough to beat the dead money in 2010 of Zito and Rowand. I think they had more dead money on that club than what they were paying for the guys that carried them to that title. To be fair, there were a lot of whispers that Coletti had way too much influence in that front office and Zito was clearly an ownership call and Sabean may have never been on board with that one. It's pretty evident since Colletti left that the Giants put a HUGE emphasis on developing young talent and no longer were making huge overpays for vets. Their entire infield is home grown talent and a lot of guys have come through that minor league pipeline including most of their pitching. Most of the veterans they have signed in recent years were bit parts that were coming in on very team friendly 1 or 2 year deals. This front office doesn't get enough credit for all that they do really well.

I don't think the current version of the front office will overpay for Tomas. They have been linked to almost every Cuban player so far and have yet to sign one. It will probably have a lot to do with where they feel they are in the Sandoval negotiations. If they feel like Sandoval is going to walk, it frees up a lot of money they probably have set aside for him, but also leaves a big hole at third.

2012 They had quite a bit too....About $30 Million tied up between Huff, Wilson, Melky and Freddy Sanchez. Lincecum didnt make the post-season rotation, he was given $17 million and although he made some nice starts including the elimination game in St Louis, Zito was an aweful contract.

The emphasis for most teams should be on home grown talent these days, its why the Pads stink, because they cannot produce any. Teams are locking up their "stars" earlier and for longer deals, they have figured out the "buy some years of arb but buy a few years of free agency dance" pretty good and so each year it seems the Free Agent class is worse and worse, leaving you really nothing but overpays for players mostly under that "star" tier of talent of if they are stars, they are usually on the wrong side of 30 looking for a deal that will take them into years where you know they will likely not earn those dollars.

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He's a Dayan Viciedo clone with higher upside.

Agreed...he's not as good as Abreu or even Cespedes, but he's somewhere in between Cespedes and Dayan Viciedo. Not sure if that makes sense? haha

Anyways, with any Cuban, it's hard to get accurate scouting reports and have it translate to MLB. Perfect example: Abreu was predicted to be a 20-25 HR guy....he's got that in 250 PA's already!!! At this pace he's more of a 40 HR, 100 RBI guy.

Viciedo isn't far off form Cespedes right now. Honestly next season I wouldn't be surprised if Dayan had the better season. Don't forget that Viciedo is 3.5 years younger than Cespedes. I know for a fact Viciedo will be a much better fantasy value next year than Cespedes.

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2nd workout scheduled for the Pads....which means of course they will sign him, he will be the one who stinks and it will convince us to never do anything like this again.

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Oooh, Tomas' agent is predicting that he will be the 2015 rookie of the year.

Seriously though, it's hard not to be sold on Cuban hitters these days.

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Wow, Tomas' agent isn't afraid of hyperbole:



“He's special,” Alou said. ‘He's going to be Rookie of the Year and make the All-Star team. Yasmany Tomas has to be the most powerful guy I've ever seen. He absolutely devastates the ball to the opposite field.”



According to Alou, Tomas has been hitting home runs onto adjacent fields in recent workouts, saying he hits them out even when he misses them and estimating that he's sending them 450 feet to the opposite field



“He's like a big oak tree with roots in the batters box,” Alou said of Tomas. “He can't be moved.”


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Power is great and all, but you have to actually make contact with the ball. All the money teams that are going to throw money at Tomas should be throwing it at Yoan Moncado. Moncado will be a monster.

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Signed with the D'backs.

Jesse Sanchez ‏@JesseSanchezMLB

Breaking: Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas & D-backs have agreed to a 6-year deal worth $68.5M, according to sources

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Interesting. Pretty closet to Rusneys deal... i thought Tomas was supposed to sign for quite a bit more

PS this is golden for Goldy right?

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