Top 10 MLB players to come out of Cuba in the last decade
Soler, just 24, often gets forgotten amidst the group of young stars on the Chicago Cubs. He strikes out a lot and the defense isn't there, but again, he's just 24. The potential for Soler to get back to 2014, when he hit .292/.330/.573 with a .903 OPS.
Thus far, Castillo's shown glimpses of talent during his brief stint in the majors. The consistency hasn't been there for Castillo though, and this season feels like a 'now-or-never' type year. It's not that Castillo hasn't been good, it's that he hasn't been 7-years, $72.5 million good. At 28, how much more can Boston expect him to develop?
Unlike Castillo and Soler, teams know what they're getting in Martin: defense. In the last three seasons in centerfield, Martin has posted UZR's of 10.3, 11.3, and 8.5, respectively. That should bode well for the Mariners, who traded for Martin and expect him to be their everyday man in the vast wasteland formally known as Safeco's centerfield.
Another player known for his glove, Iglesias has surprised teams with his bat since breaking into the majors in 2011. There's never been a lot of power in Iglesias' bat, but he hits well for average (career .287 avg) and gets on base (career .336 OBP).
The longest tenured MLB-er on this list, Ramirez has spent eight seasons as a major league shortstop, seven of which have been pretty good. A down year across the board (.249/.285/.357) prompted the White Sox to decline his $10 million option, and Ramirez ended up in San Diego on a one-year deal. At 34, his best years may well be behind him.
The dude can hit home runs. Always an above average slugger, Cespedes finally put it all together in 2015, hitting a career-high 35 home runs with a .251 ISO, the latter being 12th best in all of baseball. His right arm is a cannon, but there's no question what the Mets are paying Cespedes $25 million per year over the next three seasons for.
He's only been in the majors for two years, but what two years they've been. In 300 career games, Abreu has slashed .303/.364/.540. His batting average dropped 27 points in 2015, but he still managed to hit 30+ home runs for the second consecutive season. With the deal he's on (6-years, $68 million), the White Sox are getting premium offensive talent for a fraction of the market cost.
A divisive figure since coming onto the scene in 2013, Puig has shown flashes of brilliance. Consistency, however, has been his issue. There's the good Puig who hits .319/.391/.534 with a .925 OPS and there's the bad Puig who hits .255/.322/.436 with a .758 OPS. When healthy, the stats say he can be one of the best outfielders in baseball. What the stats don't point out are his bat flipping skills, which are unquestionably elite.
Chapman, owner of a 106-mile-per-hour fastball, has been one of the game's best and most consistent closers since coming up with Cincinnati in 2010. He owns a career 1.97 FIP and 42.9 K% both of which are borderline unfathomable. He'll be the prominent piece of a Yankees bullpen that boasts arguably 3 of the best 5 relievers in baseball.
Some career numbers for you: 10.46 K/9, 2.52 FIP, .196 batting average against, 1.01 WHIP. And he's only 23. Fernandez is scary good, and although he's coming of Tommy John surgery and on an innings limit this year, there's no reason to believe he can't reclaim the skills that put him at the top of this list.