4:22pm: Camacho remains in Cuba at present, he tells Jorge Ebro of ElNuevoHerald.com.
9:46am: Cuban infielder Luis Yander La O Camacho has left his home nation with intentions of signing with a big league club, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports. It appears that he will seek to establish residency in Haiti.
The 23-year-old was rated recently by Baseball America as the tenth-best prospect still in Cuba. A speedy, aggressive line-drive hitter with limited power, the unique athlete is said by BA’s Ben Badler to warrant consideration at third, second, or even short at the big league level. The major question, it seems, is his bat. Having put six seasons of Serie Nacional ball under his belt already, teams will not have to consider international bonus pools if and when he reaches the open market.
Sanchez also passes on several other pieces of information from the island. 19-year-old lefty Cionel Perez is also seeking residency in Haiti, while center fielder Eddy Julio Martinez, 20, has now been declared a free agent by MLB. The pair of youngsters, neither of whom appears on the Baseball America list, would both fall within the signing limits. Per Sanchez, Perez struck out 75 hitters and walked 32 over 87 1/3 innings at Cuba’s highest level over the last two seasons, while Martinez will have a chance to impress scouts in person with a workout today and tomorrow.
As Sanchez goes on to explain, there has been a lot of action coming from the neighboring island over the last few months. You can catch up on the latest by checking out his full article.