23-year-old Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas defects, has insane amounts of power
23-year-old Tomas defects from Cuba
We've seen several Cuban imports make their MLB debuts and bend minds with their talent in recent years -- players like Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Abreu and that guy who plays out in LA.
Well, the next big prospect out of Cuba is already on his way over; his name is Yasmani Tomas.
Tomas is a 23-year-old outfielder with monstrous power. Scouting Cuban players is notoriously difficult, but here's what we know about him so far:
Baseball America adds to the scouting report:
But why read words when you can watch the man in action?
Tomas showed off that power during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Here he is hitting a towering homer off Japanese pitcher Kenji Otonari:
He actually has the cameraman fooled -- that ball is still orbiting the Earth.
Here's one from later in the tournament off Chinese Taipei's Yao-Hsun Yang:
While Tomas likely won't be in the Majors to start the 2015 season, here's hoping he makes it up come Home Run Derby time. There's a proud Cuban tradition in that tournament: