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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.
More»Araujo, Matos on MLB Amateur Prospect Showcase|
|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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