Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez and three other prospects will headline a showcase at the University of Miami on Friday, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Ariel Miranda, Gelkis Jimenez and catcher Lednier Ricardo are the three that will join Ibanez:
Second baseman Andy Ibanez headlines a showcase with Ariel Miranda, Gelkis Jimenez, catcher Lednier Ricardo on Friday at Univ. Miami. #Cuba— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) April 16, 2015
Ibanez is drawing huge interest from a number of teams
The Dodgers, Yankees, Giants, D-Backs, Padres, Brewers and Mariners are among the list of teams reported to have interest in the young Cuban infielder.
Signing Ibanez will create quite the challenge for major league teams, as he is subjected to international spending limitations.
Here's why those teams are interested
Ibanez, 22, defected from Cuba last October and has been described as the next prospect to bust a team's international bonus pool by Ben Badler.
Ibanez has hit .283/.348/.419 over the course of three seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. In his report, Bader describes Ibanez has a guy with high baseball IQ, but not very flashy in the field. Sanchez has heard Ibanez being compared to Omar Infante, Howie Kendrik and Placido Polanco.
What happens next?
He can sign at anytime following this workout, but July 2nd is a date to keep in mind. If he waits to sign until after July 2nd, certain teams like the Yankees and D-Backs would be out because they exceeded their bonus pools.