Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez may soon showcase his talent for big league clubs. It appears he’s already drawing plenty of interest.
The Red Sox are among seven teams with “serious interest” in the Cuban pitching prospect, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The Rangers, Cubs and Dodgers reportedly are also among the teams interested.
Gonzalez, who once pitched for Cuba’s national team, defected earlier this year and now lives in Mexico. The 26-year-old missed most of the last two seasons of Cuba’s top baseball league because of a previous attempt to flee the country, but he’s suddenly showing up on major league radars.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gonzalez could be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball as early as this week, and he could hold a showcase for major league scouts around June 20.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander reportedly boasts a fastball in the mid 90s, a changeup, forkball and curveball, and one big league scout reportedly believes Gonzalez can pitch in the majors this season.
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