According to sources, the Colorado Rockies have agreed to sign Cuban prospect Dyan Yamel Jorge. Here’s everything you need to know about the 16-year-old shortstop.
HIALEAH,FL–According to my colleague Francys Romero, Havana shortstop Dyan Yamel Jorge has reportedly agreed in principle with the Colorado Rockies to a $2.8M signing bonus in International free agency for the period of 2021.
The prized prospect is represented by Magnus Sports, arriving in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2019 after a lengthy battle with Cuban authorities for his right to leave the island.
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According to various scouts, he projects as a plus defender similar to Adeiny Hechavarria, but his build is similar to that of Alexei Ramírez and has a similar swing to the ex-White Sox star.
Jorge is approximately 6’2 and weighs about 175, but will definitely add muscle mass with maturity.
The pale holes were the favorites to sign the ex-juvenile star but all of that seems to have been nixed, especially if the current agreement comes to fruition. They could be left on the outside looking in the race to acquire the young future star.
Jorge was clocked at a blazing 6.3 in the 60-yard dash, which is an unheard-of time for a 16-year-old.
The slender infielder was the starting shortstop for the Cuban National Team that competed in the Sub 15 World Championship last year in Panamá. He hit .269 with two doubles and three runs batted in during the tournament
The young Cuban has an abundance of tools according to the various scouts that have evaluated him and was considered one of the top shortstops for this July 2nd.
Jorge was the 1B to Yiddi Cappe’s 1A amongst Cuban shortstops during the next upcoming international free agency period, but based on this agreement Cappe who has reportedly been locked up by the Marlins will now hold the top spot.
This signing, if it is consummated, will mark the second time in the last four years that the Colorado Rockies sign a Cuban shortstop. The team signed Matanzas native Eddy Díaz during the 2017 signing period.
As of right now here are the prized Cubans who have signed or will reportedly sign with ball clubs on July 2nd:
- Norge Carlos Vera RHP (CHW )$1.5M ( agreed in principle)
- Pedro León (HOU) $4M (agreed in principle)
- Yiddi Cappe (MIA) $3.5M (agreed in principle)