Yesterday Cuban journalist Francys Romero reported that another Cuban prospect recently left the island. In Cuba, a lot of talent continues to emerge, but with the economic situation that the country is going through, the parents themselves are finding a way for their children to leave the island. With the dire economic situation in Cuba they cannot afford to wait and waste the talent of their children, for this reason they try to sign mainly in Dominican Republic.
Alejandro Cruz, a young and talented third baseman will seek to sign a contract with an MLB organization in the international period of 2025. He was part of the Cuba U-15 team at the World Cup in Mexico in 2022 where the Cubans finished in 2nd place. The native of Sancti Spíritus, Cuba was selected to the all-tournament after hitting .455 with a double, a triple and five RBIs.
Cuban 3B Alejandro Cruz (16) left the country and will seek to sign with an MLB team, per sources.
Cruz was Cuba's third baseman in the U-15 World Cup 2022. Excellent arm, speed/hitting combo.
I ranked Cruz as the #3 prospect of 2023 on my list of the best 25 U-15 players. pic.twitter.com/77lgyKTVy6
— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) September 4, 2023
Cruz has great potential, before his departure he played in the Under-18 National Championship with his province where he hit .337, stole 10 bases and drove in 12 runs. He is a player with a lot of potential. The infielder possesses the power, the speed and the arm to be a blue-chip prospect in the next international signing period. According to Romero’s own Béisbol FR website, Cruz was ranked as the third best U-15 prospect in Cuba this year.
With Cruz’s departure, a total of 15 players out of the 20 that made up the Cuba U-15 team have left the country. This list that also includes Ronald Elías Terrero, Yan Carlos Valle, Alejandro Prieto, Segian Pérez, Ernest Machado, Dulieski Ferrán, Alex Acosta, Jonathan Valle, Yosniel Menéndez, Daniel Reyes, Roberto Peña Torres, Pedro Danguillecourt, Jaider Suárez and Yunior Villavicencio .
This list will probably continue to increase in the near future, for the moment 75% of that team is no longer in Cuba. Only the following players remain on the island: Robier Hernández, Mailon Batista, Yordan Rodríguez, Yaidel Ruíz and Maikol Rodríguez. Recently the Cuban squads that have participated in the Under-15 tournaments, have had a large percentage of their players leave the country to seek to sign a professional contracts and this trend seems to increase with time.