Padres expected to sign top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller, right, speaks to reporters in the dugout before the Padres play the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Monday, June 15, 2015, in San Diego. The San Diego Padres fired longtime manager Bud Black on Monday after hovering around .500 with a roster that was overhauled in the offseason.
The team said that it was immediately beginning a search for an interim manager to take over for the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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.

 

 

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