Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 28-year-old Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoandy Fernandez to a minor league contract. Neal Huntington confirmed to Tim Williams on Monday morning that the deal was in the final stages, and we learned that the deal was finalized on Monday. Fernandez has reported to Extended Spring Training so the Pirates can further evaluate him.
Fernandez pitched in Cuba from 2007 until 2013, before defecting from Cuba to Mexico in late 2014. He entered the U.S. the following January and was declared eligible for the 2015 draft, but no one took him. The reasoning at the time was that he was looking for a two-year deal and didn't want to be tied to a team for six full seasons like a standard contract signed by draft picks. He turned down...
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