Yankees were among teams scouting Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz at his showcase today, sources say. @FOXSports12015 will be the first year in 20 that the Yankees will have a new starting shortstop, and per this report from Jon Morosi they could have Cuban free agent to be Aledmys Diaz in their sights for the job. Diaz held a workout for teams yesterday in preparation for his free agent eligibility next week and the Yankees were one of several teams in attendance.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 13, 2014
I don't know a whole lot about Diaz other than the basics. He's 23 years, listed at 6'1"/185, and a right-handed hitter. In his most recent Cuban league season, he hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 HR and 11 stolen bases and I guess that's enough to qualify him as a bat-first prospect. Defensively he's a question mark, but one scouting report I read gives him plus arm strength. We already know the Yankees are planning to go nuts on the international free agent market this year. Perhaps Diaz will be the first of those dominoes to fall.