The Yankees decided to pass on Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, but they could still sign one of the other Cuban prospects out there. Yozzen Cuesta and Misael Siverio will host a showcase in Florida this coming Friday. Considering that nearly every team sent scouts to Castillo's showcase, it's likely that someone from the Yankees will be in attendance.
Cuesta is a 6'2", 220-pound first baseman. There's very little information about him available, other than that he recently became eligible to sign with clubs. The 25-year-old is described as having "some power" and other team's interest could have something to do with the fact that's he's one of the younger first base options on the free agent market for 2015. The Yankees do already have Mark Teixeira locked up through 2016, so they don't necessarily need a first baseman, but it wouldn't hurt to check him out at the showcase. It'll be interesting to hear how he does and to hear some scouting reports.
There is a lot more information available about Siverio, a left-handed pitcher said to be 5'9". His best pitch is reportedly his curveball, which he'll throw on any count. His fastball is said to sit around 86-87 mph and run in on righties. He has been bounced around between the rotation and the bullpen quite a bit, though he's been in the rotation most recently. During his career in Cuba, he had a 3.24 ERA with 7.6 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, and 0.6 HR/9 through 518 IP. Over the winter, Siverio pitched in Mexico with a 2.45 ERA. The Cuban manager said that Siverio wasn't that good of a pitcher and that he was only on the team cause he was a lefty, but he drew interest from teams back in May during a showcase that the Yankees attended.
Which Cuban free agent are you most interested in the Yankees pursuing and why?