Where do the Mesa Brothers/Gaston wish to sign?
Recently the Mesa brothers, Victor Victor and Victor Jr., and Sandy Gaston participated in a showcase for MLB clubs. There has been speculation on where these prospects from Cuba will end up.
Sandy Gaston who is a sixteen year old right handed pitcher who tops at 100mph has already expressed that he wants to sign with Miami. In an interview on the day of the workout, Gaston said “Hopefully I can sign here in Miami…I am very content in staying here.” If that’s not clear enough on where Gaston wants to be then I don’t know what to tell you.
The Mesa brothers are a different story. Neither of the brothers have actually said where they want to be, but their father has. Victor Mesa Sr. who is legendary in the baseball world in Cuba was asked “Is there a chance that your life will be split between Cuba and Miami?” Mesa responded with “No, it’s that it will” That alone should give Marlins fans hope that the Fish could pull off the signing of all three prospects.
Miami’s Advantages over Rival Baltimore
Marlins have a couple slight advantages over the their rival for these prospects in the Orioles.
One being that the Orioles just fired their General Manager Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter. That doesn’t put a good image on the current state of the club. Also, the Orioles finished with the worst record in baseball, that also looks pretty bad.
Another advantage would be the Orioles not having a set rebuild plan. The Marlins have had a rebuilding plan since day one. That shows that the franchise is moving in the right direction. New ownership group is on the verge of turning the organization around. An organization doing the right things to get back in the winning lane should give those prospects some confidence in the future of the franchise.
One last advantage that the Marlins have over Baltimore and it’s the most obvious advantage is the Cuban culture in Miami. Feeling at home away from home is huge for any player especially players who recently left their country.
The Marlins trading reliever Kyle Barraclough to Washington and prospect Ryan Lillie to Cincinnati for 1.75M in international bonus pool money adds intrigue to the story and strengthens Miami’s position for all three players.
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 10, 2018
Miami needs to pull these signings off to show fans that they’re serious in turning the franchise around. Pulling off these signings would also attract more Cuban fans to the ballpark.