Cuban shortstop Erisbel Barbaro Arruebarruena will put on a showcase for clubs this weekend and the Mets will be among the teams in attendance, sources tell Andy Martino of the New York Post.
The 23-year-old, ranked as the tenth-best prospect in the World Baseball Classic not signed to an MLB club by Baseball America, defected from Cuba in November. Baseball America's Ben Badler was first to report his defection last month, and intention to play in the United States.
“At 6 feet, 195 pounds, Arruebarruena has clean hands, quick actions and good body control,” Badler wrote. “He’s a below-average runner, but his quick first step and instincts give him good range. He has a quick transfer and a plus-plus arm with accuracy, which allows him to make throws from deep in the hole and turn 4-6-3 double plays with ease.”
Arruebarruena’s offensive abilities are not as strong, and he might need time in the minor leagues. “The bat,” Badler wrote, “is a major source of concern with Arruebarruena, even more so than with Iglesias and more along the lines of Marlins Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.”