Jesse Sanchez has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for 12 years.
|Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is wrapping up private workouts for teams and is expected to make a decision on which team to join by the end of the month, according to an industry source.
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|Major League Baseball's annual International Showcase for teenage prospects returned this week. The two-day event for players who will be eligible to sign with Major League clubs beginning July 2 already features some of the top teens from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Aruba, and Colombia.
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|Mayor Magglio Ordonez and President Carlos Guillen made a special appearance at the semifinal game of the Caribbean Series between between Venezuela and Cuba on Saturday night at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Ordonez is part owner of the Venezuelan Winter League champion Caribes de Anzoategui club and the mayor of the eastern Venezuelan city of Sotillo.
|Shifting is in Benji Gil's nature. The former first-round pick has gone from top prospect to flop, journeyman to Mexican League hero and eventually a World Series champion. Now, he's hoping all of his experience will lead Mexico to the country's third Caribbean Series title in a row and fourth in five years.
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|The Dominican Republic's 3-2 walk-off win over Mexico on Thursday night eliminated host Puerto Rico and set the stage for this weekend's Caribbean Series semifinals in San Juan.
|Cuban pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, who abandoned his Pinar del Rio team earlier this week, is in the process of applying for political asylum in Puerto Rico, according to a report.
|Cesar Valdez pitched seven solid innings Thursday, leading Venezuela to a 6-2 victory to remain undefeated in tournament play after three games.
|Yulieski Gourriel is not only Cuba's top player, he's probably the most talented player in the Caribbean Series. The infielder will return to Japan for his second season abroad soon and scouts can't help but wonder if and when he'll make it to the United States.
|Pinar del Rio took advantage of a late Puerto Rico miscue to edge Santurce, 3-2, in the 10th inning in front of 18,236 stunned fans at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Wednesday night.
|Venezuela's Caribes de Anzoategui scored six runs in the first two innings, including the game-winning run by San Diego infielder Alexi Amarista, to hold off the Dominican Republic's Gigantes del Cibao, 6-5, on the third day of games at the Caribbean Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
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|Maikel Franco is usually among the first players to arrive each day at the stadium. The Phillies infielder, MLB.com's No. 5 third-base prospect, starts his morning with some early work in the field, followed by a few swings in the cage. Then there's batting practice, more glove work, and time in the gym. He also finds a few minutes to squeeze in a bite to eat.
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|The path was cleared Tuesday for top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada to negotiate and sign with the Major League club of his choice. Moncada's availability as a free agent came after Major League Baseball met with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for clarification regarding new guidelines for a general license for an unblocked Cuban national, according to a memo sent to MLB clubs.
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|The Gourriels -- one of Cuba's most famous baseball families -- are among those who stand to benefit after President Obama announced the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba last month.
|David Hastings, the agent for Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, received a notification from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Friday night stating that his player may be generally licensed as an unblocked national, according to new guidelines for a general license amended Jan. 16, 2015.
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|Fifteen years after winning the Caribbean Series with Puerto Rico as a player, former big leaguer Eduardo Perez is back in tournament with the Santurce club, this time as manager, and the baseball lifer wants to relive history.
|Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with the D-backs. The club has not confirmed the deal, but "it's all pending a physical right now," D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said.
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|Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez appears in line to break the $8 million bonus record for an international amateur, according to an industry source. The Dodgers, D-backs, Padres and Yankees have all expressed strong interest in Lopez.
|The news of improved diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has the baseball world buzzing about the future of Cuban players in the Major Leagues, and many will be arriving in MLB stadiums soon.
|Yasmany Tomas is no longer available, but Cuban prospects remain a popular topic of discussion at the Winter Meetings. Switch-hitting middle infielder Yoan Moncada, 19, and right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez, 21, are among the players generating the most buzz in international circles this week.
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|Yoan Moncada, 19, a switch-hitting infielder from Cienfuegos, Cuba, has established residency in Guatemala and is petitioning for free agency with Major League Baseball, according to an industry source. He has a showcase tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 in Guatemala.