Report: Coveted Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas has defected

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Highly regarded Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas has defected, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Tomas, 23, has a capable glove at the outfield corners and boasts tremendous raw power and major-league talent in general (click through for Badler's more complete scouting report). As Badler notes, Tomas, because of his service time at the top Cuban professional level, will not be subject to signing-pool restrictions. 

Here's some footage of Tomas launching a towering homer during the 2013 World Baseball Classic ... 

So, yes, power.

Obviously, given the recent success of Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig, Tomas, what with his age and power potential, will generate plenty of interest on the open market. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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