(670 The Score) The White Sox on Friday added touted Cuban outfielder Yoelqui Cespedes and Cuban right-hander Norge Carlos Vera as the international signing period opened, MLB.com reported.
Cespedes, 23, is the top-ranked international prospect, according to MLB.com. He’s the half-brother of former MLB slugger Yoenis Cespedes. He received a $2.05-million signing bonus, according to MLB.com. Cespedes defected from the Cuban national team in June 2019 while competing in a league in New York, according to reports.
Vera, 20, is the son of former Cuban star pitcher Norge Luis Vera. The younger Vera is the No. 15 international prospect, per MLB.com.
White Sox special assistant to the general manager and international scouting expert Marco Paddy spoke about Cespesdes’ skill set in an interview on Inside the Clubhouse last Saturday. Cespedes is "very close to being a major league player," Paddy said in reference to his timeline to ascend to the big leagues.
“From a baseball tools standpoint, he is ready,” Paddy said. “He has a very high baseball IQ and is very knowledgeable about the game. He plays under control.
It’s just getting used to the grind of a 162-game schedule.
"He is a very good athlete and has the ability to be a natural center fielder. He can really play defense. He is a fine base runner and has an extremely strong arm. Of course, he is a good hitter. Since he has been in the States, he has worked really hard to develop some extra power. Most Cuban players don't lift weights in Cuba. Now adding muscle, he has shown plus power.”