Over the past couple of seasons a number of high profile Cubans have defected and made a big splash in Major League Baseball. Jose Abreu, Aroldis Chapman, Leonys Martín, Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes are recent examples of Cubans who have all made huge impacts at the major league level, and this coming season Rusney Castillo looks primed to be a big part of the Boston outfield.
But there are a number of younger, less proven Cubans in the minors who did not have the buzz when they defected, but who are slowly climbing their way through the minor league system. The Indians have one in third baseman Yandy Diaz.
Side note: I guess I don’t have too much to say about Yady’s past. There is just not that much about his history online. I was hoping to get something about when or how he defected…but there is just nothing I could find through Google. What I do know: he signed in 2013 with the Indians, adding some much needed depth at third base for the organization, and his been hitting well ever since. Because of his history the Indians started him in High-A ball, and he responded by hitting for a good average and excellent BB/K ratio. I am not sure he has enough power to stick at the hot corner, but time will tell. Hopefully he gets ~400 at bats with Akron this season.