January 5,2020. Oscar Luis Colas,21-year old Cuban phenom recently defected and is looking for an opportunity to play in the major leagues. He can play all three outfield positions,first base and is also a left-handed pitcher. He is already been called "The Cuban Othani"in reference to 2018 Japanese star Rookie of The Year with the LA Angels Shohei Othani. The 21-year old 6'1" 190 pounds youngster will have to wait for at least another year to be eligible to be selected by a major league club.
Colas first must establish residence in a country outside the US(in past a lot of Cuban defector have gone to Dominican Republic or México)and then wait under the period that starts on July 2 this year and ends June 15, 2021,or wait until the next period that starts July 2, 2021. This is the normal process for these type of players.
A lot of Cuban players have made their careers in the major leagues since Esteban Bellán in 1871 was the pioneer as the first Latin-born player in a top professional league in the United States. Bellán born in Cuba played for the Troy Haymakers through 1873 of the National Association which later became the National League,as we know today.
Below are all the Cuban-born players that were active and played in the major leagues in 2019.
José Abreu,Yonder Alonso,Yordan Alvarez,Rogelio Armenteros,Randy Arozarena,Michael Baez,Ronald Bolaños.Aroldis Chapman,Nestor Cortés Jr,Odrisamer Despaigne,Aledmys Díaz,Yandi Díaz,Roenis Elías,Yasman Grandal,Yuliesjy Gurriel,Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Adeiny Hechavarría,Guillermo Heredia,José Iglesias,Raisel Iglesias,Yoan López,Leonys Martín,Yoan Moncada,Kendrys Morales,Adrián Morejón,Cionel Pérez,Yasiel Puig,Rangel Ravelo,Jorge Soler,Yasmani Torres. Some might not be on the list because of injuries, like Mets Yoenis Céspedes.