Adrian Morejon, a Cuban, was declared a free agent in mid-2016, and was quickly signed by the Padres.
For being so young, he is a very mature pitcher. He is armed with a mid-90’s fastball, changeup and knuckle. He also has a developing curveball that is showing to be a plus pitch. He has fantastic control, and his mechanics are easy and repeatable. John Sickles noted that, if he was available in the 2016 draft, he would have been in the discussion to go #1 overall.
According to MLB.com:
While in Cuba, Morejon pitched for the country’s 12-and-under team, 15-and-under team and 18-and-under team. He was the MVP of the 15-and-under World Cup in Mexico in 2014. At 15, he played in the Serie Nacional and is believed to be the youngest player to ever participate in the island’s top league.
Morejon left Cuba during the winter of 2015 and trained in the Dominican Republic with Javier Rodriguez.
2017 is going to be a rough years for the major league Padres, but there is help on the way.