According to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, the Cubs have signed Cuban left handed pitching prospect, Gerardo Concepcion to a $7
million guaranteed contract. Concepcion, 18, was declared a free agent last week by Major League Baseball. It is believed he had several teams interested in him, before he ultimately chose to sign with the Cubs. Reports have the 6-foot-2 lefty featuring a low 90s fastball to go along with a curveball and change-up. Concepcion was named the Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year, posting a 10-3 record and a 3.36 ERA.
By all reports this is a nice signing for the Cubs. This will give them another young pitching prospect which they desperately need and should help the Cubs in the future. Reports have Concepcion with the potential to be middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues, but how his skills will translate to the major league level is yet to be seen, but at 18 there is a lot of time to mature and grow.
Might the Cubs sign another Cuban before spring training? It is possible, they, as well as several other teams have shown interest in outfielders, Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. With the first of the three Cuban players signed, when will the other two go and where?