Cuban baseball prospects Bleed Blue. For the third time in the past two years the Dodgers have reportedly signed a quality Cuban prospect.
— MLB (@MLB) February 12, 2014
Erisebel Arruebarruena, 23, is a glove first shortstop and has played in the Cuban Serie Nacional for the past six seasons. He is free to sign with any MLB team because he is not subject to any international spending restrictions. The Dodgers continue to go to the Cuban well to find international prospects, which isn’t a surprise after the success of Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez.
According to reports, Arruebarruena hit .320 in 306 plate appearances for Cuba in 2011-12. However, scouts compare him to Andrelton Simmons and Jose Iglesias, both of whom are known for their defense. The Dodgers are likely to send Arruebarruena, which is impossible to pronounce, to the minor leagues in the short term. Who knows what Arruebarruena will turn into but for now it’s exciting to have another Cuban born prospect in the pipeline.
This story was originally reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
Update: According to Enrique Rojas the deal between Arruebarruena and the Dodgers could be worth up to $25 million dollars.