Jesse Sanchez has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for 12 years.
|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.
|Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals' vibrant top outfield prospect, and his girlfriend were killed in a Sunday afternoon car accident near his home on the Caribbean island. He was 22.
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|Yasmany Tomas, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder who is expected to command a contract that rivals fellow Cuban countrymen Rusney Castillo, Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig, will showcase his talents in front representatives from all 30 MLB teams in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
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|Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a 6-ft-2, 220-pound outfielder, is considered one of the top prospects for the international class of 2015, and the 15-year-old is expected to command a large signing bonus when he becomes eligible to sign on July 2.
|Yasmany Tomas, a 23-year-old on Havana's Industriales, has defected. Cuban newspaper Granma confirmed the defection on Friday. He was in the Dominican Republic and exploring his options, a source told MLB.com.
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|This week's MLB Amateur Prospect League showcase in the Dominican Republic features two teams from Puerto Rico and two from Major League Baseball's Amateur Prospect League, made up primarily of players eligible to sign when the 2014 international signing period begins next July 2, is the culmination of recent initiatives in Puerto Rico.
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|Starting Sunday, teens from the Major League Baseball Amateur Prospect League will play host to a group of players from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School and MLB's after-school program on the island in a four-day event that will showcase the players in drills and games.
|Some believe the love for baseball in Puerto Rico is back. There are those who say the passion was never lost, only misplaced.
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