Diamondbacks Sign Cuban Left-Hander

The Diamondbacks signed Cuban left-hander Alexander Carreras for $400K, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Carreras, who turns 22 on Sunday, had been training in the Dominican Republic with Edgar Mercedes.

Carreras can throw as hard as 93 mph, though some scouts say his fastballs generally sit in the 86-89 mph range. He also mixes in a hard cutter/slider, a breaking ball and a change-up, according to Badler. It appears likely that the lefty will start his career in the minor leagues.

13 Responses to Diamondbacks Sign Cuban Left-Hander Leave a Reply

  1. chico65 4 years ago

    22 and usually doesn’t touch 90 on the gun?  Sounds like a real live arm to me.  I think Chapman’s record is in danger.

    • hallwagner 4 years ago

      every time i see your name i think of matt chico. makes me sad, he was one of the only MLB players i’ve actually met in person…really nice guy :( hope he makes it back to the majors somehow. i remember he once threw a pitch about 20 feet outside of the strike zone….

  2. Taylor Haberle 4 years ago

    22’s a little too late to start if you don’t have a helluva a gun or aren’t MLB ready. But the D-Backs are pretty smart and they must have seen something interesting in him.

  3. hgr900 4 years ago

    What does this guy have that 90% of D1 college pitchers don’t have….besides a false age

    • sonofsnake 4 years ago

      I know right? Its only a matter of time before teams just stop drafting D1 pitchers all together.

      I can’t wait until my team stops exploring creative avenues of player acquisition.

  4. hallwagner 4 years ago

    22? then he’s probably really 32

  5. James Attwood 4 years ago

    If he has plus command of all of his pitches he could still be an effective LHP out of the bullpen. In short stints he could air it out a bit more too and maybe get that average velocity up into the 88-90 range.

    Unless he’s already demonstrating very good command/control, it’s difficult to see what this signing brings other than just another warm-bodied left-handed thrower. The one thing that KT is very good at though is evaluating pitching talent. If this was a bat signing I might be more worried. As a product of KT going out and making another young pitching signing, I’m more than ready to wait and see how this one pans out.

  6. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    The Red Sox have acquired Andrew Bailey from Oakland… Details to come.

  7. cane247 4 years ago

    With a blistering fastball of 89 mph, his Nickname will likely be “Iron Mike”.    LMAO

  8. $21002046 4 years ago

    Can’t get enough Bruce Chens lol

  9. No Neck 4 years ago

    I saw Diamondbacks Sign Cuban, and I was hoping it was Mark Cuban…

    Then I realized it makes no sense since he would have no inherent value as an employee, and only as an owner…

    Why did I even make this comment, I’m not sure…

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