Get to know Arizona's new dinger-crushing sensation: Yasmany Tomas
As workers began fleeing their offices to sit in traffic on the night before Thanksgiving, word began leaking out the D-backs had signed Cuban top prospect Yasmany Tomas. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that the 24-year-old outfielder agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal with an opt-out included.
But why all the fuss about Tomas? With fellow Cuban sluggers like Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu finding success in the Majors in recent seasons, helping raise expectations for the island's elite players, it may have a little something to do with his ability to crush home runs an astronomical distance. Tomas has hit 30 HR in 205 Serie Nacional games and, according to Baseball America, has 70 raw power on the 20-80 scouting scale.
During the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Tomas entered the national conversation by going 6-for-16 with two home runs including this blast:
If grainy footage of Cuban games is more your steez, then you're also in luck:
Expected to slot in the lineup between Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo, fans in Chase Field's outfield should be sure to bring their gloves next season. There are going to be plenty of souvenirs flying over the wall.