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Yanks Like Cuban Defector Jorge Soler

By Frank Russo ~ December 4th, 2011. Filed under: Digest Contributors, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

In talking to someone in the Yankees organization, I was told they prefer Cuban defector Jorge Soler over Yoennis Cespedes.

Soler is a 19-year-old outfielder who defected earlier this year.

Mike Silva adds:

In doing research about Soler, Adam Kilgore of Nationals Journal  described Soler as “an athletic, 6-foot-3 outfielder who can play center field but will likely end up as a corner outfielder.” He goes on to say he has “high upside” and the “potential to hit for power.”

Nationals Director of International Scouting Johnny DiPuglia also said “he’s got a Hanley Ramirez-type body. Plus arm. Plus bat speed. He’s a good kid, a good-energy kid.”

Other teams rumored to be interested in Soler are the Cubs, Nationals, and Indians.

Cespedes has been the international darling of baseball- that is until Yu Darvish becomes available – but there are some teams that are concerned about how “natural” he is. Don’t be surprised if he is asked for his medical records and to take a drug test.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign Cespedes.” Pirates Latin American Scouting Director Rene Gayo was quoted as saying that Soler “not in the same class” as Cespedes.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

4 Responses to Yanks Like Cuban Defector Jorge Soler

  1. dan l

    I am much more interested in what you know or can find out about Henry Urrutia instead of the other two Cuban outfielders. Does he have enough ability to be a nice fourth outfielder?

  2. Mike Silva


    From what I can find he is a high average hitting corner outfielder. He is 24, so not in the upside prospect status of Cespedes or Soler, but I will continue to see if I read or hear anything.

  3. Chuck Johnson

    I’ve heard of him.

    He’s a long, lean guy (think Domonic Brown or Cameron Maybin), about 6’3″ and 175 pounds.

    He’s a right-handed throwing switch-hitter who has experience at all three outfield positions and first base.

    If he signs, it will be for a minimal amount, at his age he won’t command seven figures, probably not even six.

  4. dan l

    Urrutia sounds exactly what the Yankees need. They need an inexpensive versatile outfielder that can hit for average.

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