I have previously profiled Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Dalier Hinojosa. This time it's Odrisamer Despaigne, who defected two weeks ago by walking away from the national team at an airport in Paris. No word yet whether the Cubs have interest, as Despaigne's defection is much more recent than the other two. He has been working out in front of teams in Barcelona.
- Both Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Dalier Hinojosa have been cleared to sign with Major League teams by the Treasury. Any day now we can expect an announcement on those two.
- Hot off the presses, another Cuban pitcher has defected. This time in it is Misael Siverio, who left the team last night in Des Moines. Jesse Sanchez is doing his part in carrying the water for his agents, shaving a year off his age in his tweeted announcement. Or not. Who knows? His stats actually look pretty good at first glance. I'll profile him next.
- I haven't seen any updates or stats on Leandro Linares, the 19-year old who would be subject to international signing restrictions.
- When we last saw Alfredo Despaigne, Cuba's mini Bo Jackson, he was mercilessly taking Dalier Hinojosa deep. Now it turns out that he is playing in the Mexican League on loan from Cuba, and he is crushing. He has hit five homers in 86 plate appearances en route to a .366/.384/.598 line. I'm guessing that someone in Cuba is confident enough that Despaigne won't defect to loan him to Mexico, but they have obviously been wrong on that front before. Outside of perhaps Jose Abreu, no other Cuban's defection would make as big a splash as the three-time MVP. Fingers crossed that he comes over after the Dodgers waste all their money on other schlubs and before the Yankees end their bid to get under the luxury tax.
Odrisamer Despaigne Profile
Despaigne isn't as big as Gonzalez or Hinojosa, checking in at 6'0", 200 lbs. He is 26 and has pitched for Industriales in la Serie Nacional since he was 19. Unfortunately, I haven't found any detailed scouting reports on his stuff, though I'm sure that sort of thing will be publicized soon enough. Youtube isn't much help, either, as it only turns up the following video:
I'm fascinated by this because I don't know what's going on. From what I gather, Marti is a Miami-based news organization whose primary focus is the goings-on in Cuba. They are profiling the latest rash of defectors in beisbol, the latest being Odrisamer, and they interview a sportswriter who has himself defected, Raul Arce. Presumably they are discussing the logistics of such a defection. So far, so good. But then there is a call to la Serie Nacional that has all the trappings of "gotcha" investigative journalism, but whose purpose in unclear. Are they gloating? Trying to demonstrate Cuban baseball's dishonesty and/or incompetence? Is there a corrupt member of the organization facilitating these defections?
Odrisamer Despaigne Stats
|Age||IP||K/9||BB/9||H/9||HR/9||K%||BB%||dt K/9||dt BB/9||dt H/9||dt HR/9||dt NERA|
** The 2013 season was split into two halves, with 8 teams advancing from the first round robin to play in the second half
Sources: beisbolencuba.com, claydavenport.com (any "dt" prefix indicates a Davenport translation)
Despaigne is a workhorse. Neither Gonzalez nor Hinojosa ever started more than 20 combined games in the regular and post season, whereas Odrisamer has done it every year since being shifted to the rotation in 2010. In 2012 he managed 30 starts and 220 innings between the regular season and playoffs, an impressive total in a league whose regular season is only 96 games long. In the 2012 playoffs, he averaged eight and a half innings in six starts, going 5-1. Clutch. Here is how he compares to Gonzalez and Hinojosa overall from 2010-2013:
|Mig Alf G||40||38||245||1021||6.2||2.3||8.8||0.6||16.5||6.2||3.49||1.23|
Overall, Odrisamer has a strange profile. His K-rate is slightly better than Gonzalez's, but his control is easily the worst of the three. What he does seem to do well is prevent runs. He sports a lower hit rate against than either of the other two, and his home run rate is also very good. Who knows? Maybe he throws a knuckleball.
Overall, though, his numbers definitely don't point to a pitcher who is a safe bet for a big investment. Of the three, I would probably bet on Dalier, despite the homers.