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?
There has been a lot of talk about the newest free agent in major league baseball. If we know one thing, this man has one hell of a production staff, I mean look at this quality (Click to open the 20 minute Cespedes showcase video, yes 20 minutes, there’s a pig on a spit at the end, not sure why, but if you are against that type of thing, please don’t watch). The video in it of itself is impressive, there is no denying that, it’s just hard to get past the “second coming” feel it has to it. What we also know is that the Cubs have been consistently mentioned as one of the 6 teams that are showing serious interest, along with the Marlins, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers (not so much since Prince?), and a mystery team. When we really take a look at who he is, does the baseball talent warrant the hoopla surrounding the latest Cuban defector? Let’s get to know him.