Monday, June 9, 2008

Prospect leaves Cuba for U.S., shot at majors

Associated Press, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

MIAMI – One of Cuba’s top baseball prospects has defected and settled in South Florida in hopes of playing in the major leagues.

Dayan Viciedo, 18, arrived in the United States in late May and is now living with friends and family, his agent, Jaime Torres, said Sunday.

Viciedo was a third baseman with the Villa Clara team, one of Cuba’s major league teams.

“This was a very personal decision he made,” Villa Clara coach Victor Mesa said. “It appears he had a change of heart and wanted to try his luck there.”

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