Twenty Teams Attend Showcase For Cuesta, Siverio

FRIDAY: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that 20 teams were in attendance for the showcase.

TUESDAY: Cuban first baseman Jozzen Cuesta and Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio will host a showcase for interested clubs on Friday in Jupiter, Fla., agent Eric Izen of the Legacy Agency tells MLBTR.

The last we heard on the 25-year-old Siverio came back in May when he was declared eligible for free agency. The 25-year-old Cuesta was, at the time, said to be awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball and the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, but he has since been cleared by both entities and is now eligible to sign with any club. The 6’2″, 220-pound first baseman is said to possess some power and will present a younger alternative to the first basemen on the free agent market.

Reports on Siverio peg the lefty at 5’9″ tall, and while he’s not said to possess an overpowering fastball, he had drawn interest from 10 teams back in May. Siverio pitched in front of several clubs at a showcase in June, and the Yankees, Cubs and Astros were among the teams in attendance, MLBTR has learned.

Siverio posted a 3.24 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 over his career in Cuba’s Serie Nacional — a span of 153 games (75 starts). More recently, he pitched in Mexico this past winter, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 36-to-10 K/BB ratio. His full statistics and some video footage can be seen at ObstructedView.net.


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31 Comments on "Twenty Teams Attend Showcase For Cuesta, Siverio"


Melvin Mendoza, Jr.
1 year 7 days ago

Cuesta means “costs” in Spanish…make of that what you will

Tesseract
1 year 6 days ago

Jozzen Cuesta… eleventy billion

bigbadjohnny
1 year 7 days ago

5’9″ as a Pitcher …..not going to make it….need to be over 6’2″ tall…….5’9″ player is okay as an infielder.

dylan
1 year 7 days ago

What do you think MLB teams are doing, selling jeans? Don’t be foolish. It doesn’t matter how tall a guy is, if he can pitch he can pitch.

Melvin Mendoza, Jr.
1 year 7 days ago

It’s like being a qb in the NFL…it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility, but it puts you at a disadvantage right out of the gate. You really have to be able to deal to make up for it.

slasher016
1 year 7 days ago

Levi’s or Wrangler?

Patrick Beliveau
1 year 7 days ago

thats not narrow minded at all…

dylan
1 year 7 days ago

Bobby Shantz was 5’6″ went 119-99 with a 3.38 ERA and struck out 1,072, winning 8 gold gloves.

disadvantage
1 year 7 days ago

Marcus Stroman would like to have a word with you.

Victoria Roberts
1 year 7 days ago

Quick someone call Whitey Ford, Fernando Valenzuela and Pedro Martinez and tell them they should switch positions.

DodgerBlue83
1 year 4 days ago

I would like to add Greg Maddux to that list.

slasher016
1 year 7 days ago

Johnny Cueto is listed at 5’11” and is one of the better pitchers in baseball.

slasher016
1 year 7 days ago

Keeping with the Reds theme, Mike Leake is listed at 5’10” and is a very solid pitcher as well.

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

that is not true because look at the rosters right now as i listed above dbacks have a 5’9 pitcher with a era under 3. to name another braves closer is 5’11. what your saying is not true at all

Mark Kelevara
1 year 7 days ago

Pedro Martinez, Fernando Valenzuela & Tim Lincecum… What do they all have in common? All three pitchers are 5’11”

Your statement is flawed, my friend.

DippityDoo
1 year 7 days ago

lemme guess… every pitcher needs to throw a 95mph fastball or they are worthless as well.

Tesseract
1 year 6 days ago

For a righty maybe, but there are plenty of short lefties

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

is cuba really that bad that players are leaving left and right

1 year 7 days ago

It’s been that bad for quite a long time. Beautiful country ravaged by a corrupt government.

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

kind of shows since every year you hear about a cuban player leaving

1 year 7 days ago

Their problems go far beyond baseball.

First Bleed
1 year 7 days ago

I’m sure you would leave America if someone from another country offered you million$ of guaranteed money to work too.

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

but they arent offer money while in cuba they leave first

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

dodgers got a future player in Álex Guerrero who only 5″10 that might be normal for a position player but still he only 5″10 and he a cuban born player

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

Eury De La Rosa a dback listed at 5’9 who pitching very well i bet we can name many undersize players and that list could be a long one. to add one more Craig Kimbrel 5’11

windwalker
1 year 7 days ago

Haven’t seen Ron Guidry on anyone’s list either.

Jordan camacho
1 year 7 days ago

Pedro Martinez is listed under 6 ft tall

First Bleed
1 year 7 days ago

Hope the Brewers do their homework on Jozzen. They could really use someone at 1B for the next few seasons – IF he is Major League ready.

Sage
1 year 4 days ago

Brewers better have been among the 20 teams at the showcase. We have every reason to look at Cuesta, namely that assuming we don’t bring back Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds after this season (though I think we should bring Reynolds back), we will have no first baseman. We badly need a first baseman for the future. Thought Hunter Morris was that guy, but I think we’re starting to see that he really isn’t. If Cuesta is even something close to ready for the majors, we need to sign him. This isn’t just something that would be nice, this is a need. We badly need a first baseman, because Reynolds is not that guy for the foreseeable future.

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

it shouldnt matter the size what should matter is the talent you have. every sport has had their fair share of under size players.

jeremy
1 year 7 days ago

yup scouts look more for the normal looking player, but sometimes you do get those undersize players who make it.