“A corner outfielder with power?” Alderson said, "smiling," according to the report.
Tomas has defected and will pursue an MLB contract, according to reporter Ben Badler (Baseball America, June 20).
He is a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder and one of the top young power hitters in Cuba.
“He can hit towering home runs thanks to the strength from his thickly-built 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame,” Badler writes. “He has some experience in center field and is a decent runner for his size, but his speed is still below-average and he’s going to be a corner outfielder in pro ball.”
I was SO wrong about Jose Abreu it’s laughable. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone, since pretty much every National League team was leery of signing him, because he profiled to be an obvious DH… and still does.