Major League Baseball informed its 30 clubs that Luis Robert Moirán is not subject to the first-year draft, which cleared the way for the Cuban prospect to seek a job with an MLB team as a free agent, two sources confirmed. ESPN.com.
Robert, 19, has to remove some minor logistical obstacles to officially become a free agent, but an MLB source said it is likely to happen soon. The earliest you would be able to sign with an MLB team is May 20th.
Robert, listed at 6’3 “, 185 pounds, has been on the radar of the big league scouts since he was 15. When he held a showcase in the Dominican Republic in late March, Baseball America reported that senior The Cardinals, Astros, Reds, Padres and Athletics were among the attendees.
“It’s a physical specimen,” Reds’ general manager Dick Williams recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s been pretty good at practice, there’s definitely still some questions about him, any of those kids without a great track record will have some questions.”
Robert must be allowed to sign by June 15 to avoid a more restrictive bond limit under the new rules of the MLB international firm.