Miami-Dade College: A springboard for Cuban talent.

Darlin Jiménez, Maikol Pérez and Yuliot Fabregas will be new additions to the Miami-Dade College baseball next season extending the school’s relationship with the largest of the Antilles and Carlos Pérez. The Havana native is not only responsible for securing the three players mentioned above a scholarship at the college, but he was also was influential in landing Andy Rodríguez and Loidel Rodríguez spots at the school.

Andy was eventually signed by the Texas Rangers as an international free agent, while the other Rodríguez, Loidel drew interest from Tampa Bay, but his migration status prevented his signing and the catcher since then has left baseball.

Jiménez was supposed to be part of the Cuban 23 team that traveled to Mexico in the 2021 World Cup, but he was taken off the plane before leaving due to a suspicion that he would defect. In his only Serie Nacional with Granma he hit .329 with five runs batted in, two triples and slashed .390/.471/.861 in 34 games.

Pérez is an outfielder from Villa Clara who played Nacional Juvenil in Cuba, he has an excellent arm and plenty of speed on the basepaths. Although he is not the most recognized name of the bunch with an excellent showing at the college he could wake up the interests of some MLB organizations.

Fábregas who is from Villa Clara played in the juvenile leagues in Cuba, he is also an outfielder with a good arm and a lot of power from the right side. With maturity that tool could make him a very attractive prospect. With the pipeline that has been established between Miami-Dade College and Cuban baseball prospects expect this trend to continue.

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