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Scout on Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena: “You’re not going to hear from 15 teams”

Dec 8, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena had a showcase this weekend in the Dominican and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo spoke to a scout who was there:

“He’s what you’ve been reading. He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll bat down in the order. He can really play shortstop, if that’s the type of player you’re interested in. He’ll be a quality defensive shortstop in the majors, but you wonder if he’s going to hit. Some of the others who have come recently — Jose Iglesias, Adeiny Hechavarria — I felt more confident about the bat. We’ll have to hear what the money is. This isn’t like Aroldis Chapman or Yeonis Cespedes. You’re not going to hear from 15 teams. You’ll hear from teams that are hurting a little bit at shortstop.”

Lucky for Arruebarruena, there are many clubs “hurting a little bit” at shortstop.

The 23-year-old has drawn some recent interest from the Mets, and the Yankees actually hosted his workout at their Dominican facility. Arruebarruena defected from Cuba to Haiti in mid-November.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Of course they have heard from the Mets.

    They have been mostly awful since Rey Ordonez left.

    • gibbyfan - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      I think Reyes fillled in pretty well

    • nymets4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Uuh…perhaps you missed the memo but there was this cat named Jose Reyes. lol

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    This seems to be the case with a lot of SS now. They either hit or field, but doing both at a respectable level…not so many….

    • vallewho - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      can he at least bunt and run? defense + slash and dash skills can fit in with a lot of teams.

  3. dcfan999 - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Well I would say Desmond tulo and Simmons can hit abd play good D

  4. dcfan999 - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Well I would say Desmond tulo and Simmons can hit abd play good D

  5. hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    One thing that I’ve learned from Ebay is it only takes 2 to drive a price up. 15 is like….Antiques Roadshow type of stuff.

  6. hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Is the glass half full, or half empty?
    Erisbel Arruebarruena: “You’re not going to hear from 15 teams”
    Andrew Bailey: “drawing interest from over 15 teams”

    Saying the same thing doesn’t always sound the same.

    • seeinred87 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      From the headline, I understood it that same way.

      In context though I think the scout meant, “only a handful of teams” instead of “half the teams”

  7. DJ MC - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Jose Iglesias had a .622 OPS in the minor leagues. Under .600 in over 900 AAA plate appearances.

    That scout had more confidence in THAT bat than this guy? Oy.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      That comment kind of undercuts his judgement of Aruei… Arrurea… Mr. A, doesn’t it?

  8. ejheim62 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    boy, whoever signs this guy is going to spend a fortune on lettering for the back of his jersey. Just saying.

  9. spc7ray - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    he cant hit–don’t sign him–simple

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