The son of Cuban legend Norge Luis Vera may soon be coming to the US as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Let’s get to know Norge Carlos Vera a little more.
Cuban prospect Norge Carlos Vera came to an agreement in principle in February on a $1.5M dollar signing bonus with the Chicago White Sox which will be official July 2. The flame-throwing righty was seen by plenty of scouts during various showcases and impressed the Windy City team enough to have it spend some of its international cap money on him.
During his September 28th workout for a big part of MLB ball clubs, the young hurler flashed a fastball in between 91-94 mph and topped out 97mph. He also showed an array of breaking pitches which included a slider between 79-81 mph and a dazzling slow curve which was between 72-74 mph.
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The future member of the Chicago White Sox has taken the stop in play due to COVID-19 to work on a changeup, ”I’m focused on developing a changeup to accent my other pitches. Starting every batter off with a strike is key in professional baseball and at every level, one must get better. Preparation is also key to every outing.”
Being the son of Cuban League legend like Norge Luis Vera would cast a big shadow for many but that isn’t the case for this young man, ”Being Norge Luis Vera’s son doesn’t pressure me, it motivates me to be better,’ replied Vera to me when I posed the question.
Vera was impressive during Cuba’s incursion in the Can-Am league in 2019 and looked dominating against the New Jersey Jackals last June striking out seven in four innings, ”Well I was facing advanced hitters, some who even have major and minor league experience. I was very aware that I had to be fine with my pitches and there was no room for mistakes,” said Vera about the outing against New Jersey.
I closed our interview with a simple question, what pitcher do you admire most, to which he replied, ”Marcus Stroman, I love his style.”
Between Vera, Pedro León, Yoelkis Céspedes, Yiddi Cappe, Dyan Yamel Jorge, and Oscar Luis Colas when he is finally cleared to sign, Cuba will have six talented prospects ready to make an impact in the professional baseball.