Chicago White Sox agree in principle with international prospect Norge Carlos Vera, son of Cuban baseball legend Norge Luis Vera, for 7/2.
“Till death do us part,” This is what is usually said when one gets married. Well, this such marriage exists between the Chicago White Sox and Cuban baseball players. Norge Carlos Vera, son of Cuban baseball legend Norge Luis Vera is the next in a long line of his countrymen to sign with pale holes.
Earlier today Pelota Cubana reported that the young hurler will sign with Chicago this summer for a $1.5M bonus. The 19-year-old Vera turned heads earlier this week in a showcase as per the Major’s Francys Romero.
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The talented righty left scouts with their mouths watering when he displayed a tantalizing array of breaking pitches and a fastball that consistently hit 93 mph on the radar gun and topped out at 97 mph.
Vera, who was a top pitching prospect was on the list that turned over to MLB by Cuban Federation before their agreement went belly up. Vera defected last summer during the Cuban National Team’s incursion in the Can-Am league.
In his last start with Cuba, he struck seven New Jersey Jackals in four innings and was marvelous against seasoned hitters many of whom have experience in minor league baseball.
Vera who played with the Santiago Wasps of the Cuban National Serie had a record of 2-3 and a 3.79 ERA in 54 2/3 innings pitched before he departed from the island.
The younger Vera has the makings of a dominant starter and could be just that at the next level.
Vera is listed at 6’2 and although he is slight of frame has and has lanky extremities and will occasionally alter his delivery to throw off a hitter’s rhythm. Scouts project that with maturity he will fill out and have compared him to Ubaldo Jimenez.
Only time will tell…