Cubs Sign Yasiel Balaguert And Carlos Martinez

The Cubs have signed Cuban prospects Yasiel Balaguert and Carlos Martinez, reports Baseball America's Ben Badler. Both players are represented by Jaime Torres.

Balaguert, 19 in January, is said to have "modest tools" and a "long, uppercut swing from the right side and an aggressive, pull-oriented approach that leaves him susceptible to secondary stuff." Although he's played center, it's likely that he'll be relegated to left field down the line. The Marlins had interest in signing him earlier this offseason.

Martinez, 20, is a right-handed pitcher who has worked mostly out of the bullpen according to Badler. He has a "fastball that parks in the low 90s" and an "average curveball but it often gets slurvy, while his changeup is also a work in progress with occasional fade."


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25 Comments on "Cubs Sign Yasiel Balaguert And Carlos Martinez"


grownice
3 years 8 months ago

So the cubs found the their replacement for Soriano in a few years , and they will replace him with … Soriano?

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

If he turns out to be Soriano with, you know, a fifth the salary I think that would be quite effective. Somehow I am not expecting it.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

soriano is an above average left fielder.

3 years 8 months ago

not sure if serious…

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

an .818 OPS in his tenure with the Cubs is way above average for left fielders.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

his UZR is also way above average in LF, and he has a positive dWAR, so yeah I’m damn serious.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s no Yoenis, but it’s good that they’re signing international talent.

Ferrariman
3 years 8 months ago

who needs Yoenis when you have Yasiel

Cubs27
3 years 8 months ago

Yasiel’s “scouting report” actually sounds like Yoenis with less speed

danistheguy
3 years 8 months ago

Theo strikes!

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 8 months ago

Out!

Couldn’t resist

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 8 months ago

I’m naming my first child Yasiel Balaguert

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Can you even pronounce that name correctly?

Cheeseballs
3 years 8 months ago

Our Carlos Martinez is better than your Carlos Martinez. Birds

chaifetz10
3 years 8 months ago

The Cardinals Chris Carpenter is better than your Chris Carpenter, and their Carlos Martinez is better than yours too.  

Cheeseballs
3 years 8 months ago

I was speaking for the birds, not against. But yes.

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see them go after a bigger fish since it seems like this will be the last offseason to be able to use their financial advantage internationally, but I guess something is better than nothing.

3 years 8 months ago

Those scouting reports are…not that great?

Rick Springer
3 years 8 months ago

I’d be more worried about these signings if they were all projected to beat dominating.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

They don’t sound overally impressive, but it’s good to see the Cubs going out and getting some young players… they must have seen something in them

Wrek305
3 years 8 months ago

Meaningless signings they will never make the ML level, The Cubs are in dyer need or a catcher a closer, and starting pitching. Yet they sign to players who are 19 and will take 5 yrs to develop by the time they are ready the Cubs will have traded them and they will become superstar players. Then again Hendry isn’t the GM anymore either.

firealyellon
3 years 8 months ago

And you in dire need of spell-check…

stewie75
3 years 8 months ago

Just more lottery tickets, don’t get excited but lottery tickets nonetheless. now let’s focus on the real prize from cuba… just consider his salary what you’d have paid garza anyways.

Rick Springer
3 years 8 months ago

Hopefully the Cubs didn’t pay too much for these inspiring examples of major league ready talent.

BDLugz
3 years 8 months ago

The difference is Castro was 16 and was in the majors by 20… these guys will be in A or A+ at 20.