The Padres are expected to add yet another name to their impressive list of international signings after top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona was cleared as a free agent by Major League Baseball.
According to Baseball America, the 20-year old outfielder is ranked No.6 on their list of Top 20 Cuban players looking to sign with a big league club.
Ona “crushed the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in September 2014 in Mexico, where he hit four homers in eight games and went 14-for-22 to lead the tournament in batting average (.636) and slugging (1.364) and also walked eight times. At around 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Ona has a compact righthanded swing with good bat speed and plus raw power, showing the ability to drive the ball with authority to all fields. His arm is another above-average tool that fits well in right field. Given his present ability, Ona would likely be ready to go to a low Class A team.”
Ona will join fellow Cuban prospect Adrian Morejon as a member of the Padres. Morejon, a 17-year-old left-handed pitcher, signed with San Diego for a club-record bonus of $11 million earlier this month. Since the international signing period opened on July 2nd, the Padres have committed roughly $50 million, including overage taxes, to international prospects.