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2011 MLB Hot Stove: Chicago Cubs Sign A Pair Of Cuban Prospects

According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Chicago Cubs have signed two Cuban prospects, Yasiel Balaguert and Carlos Martinez.

Balaguert, a 19-year-old outfielder, has impressed at multiple youth events, including the 2010 World Junior Championship and the 2009 World Youth Championship in Taiwan, and can play multiple outfield positions. Baseball America describes Balaguert as an outfielder with "modest tools, a strong, thick-bodied frame (6 feet, 190 pounds) that he will have to keep in check..."

Carlos Martinez is a right handed pitcher and likely a relief prospect in the Cubs system. The 20-year-old playing in Cuba from 2009 through 2010, and BA describes him as having a "thick-bodied frame at around 6-foot-4, 215 pounds with a fastball that parks in the low 90s."

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