MLB has declared Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia a free agent, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports on Twitter. The 24-year-old is eligible to sign now, but will not be subject to international spending restrictions given his age and Serie Nacional experience.
Heredia is expected to put on a showcase in the United States in the near future, per the report. He had previously established residency in Mexico.
When Heredia left Cuba back in January, Ben Badler of Baseball America had him ranked 11th among Cuban prospects on his most recent list, though he noted that others had probably overtaken him. The 24-year-old has shown some pop at times and has posted good on-base numbers in Cuba, but the power has been inconsistent and there are questions about his bat. Formerly a switch-hitter, Heredia has more recently hit only from the right side. Badler says he looks to be a plus defender in center, though, with good speed and instincts along with a strong arm.