CUBAN FREE AGENT: YASMANY TOMAS

Yasmany Tomas may look like Vladamir Guerrero at age 40, but he plays like that young exuberant Vladdy we all loved in his youth. Tomas has a medium length swing and can stay inside the pitch. Frequently hitting the ball up the middle and to right field, Tomas exhibits some maturity in his swing by going with the pitch, yet immaturity with his ‘swing at everything’ (Salvador Perez…) approach. There is definitely some free swinging in his game, yet he slaps breaking pitches the other way, and turns on hangers and heat. There’s no question that a 23-year-old Tomas has had one too many Cuban sandwiches, but with an offseason preparing for MLB Free Agency, he should be getting his large 6’1″ 230 lb frame in shape.

Other than hitting, Yasmany Tomas looks a lot of fun. He’s got a big arm, and a bigger personality – he can even run a little bit. However, it’s not all pretty for Tomas. His uppercut swing plane creates holes, and he has some significant swing and miss in his game. He could end up being a stud who hits for power yet strikes out a lot (Marcell Ozuna) or a bust who can’t succeed in a hitter’s park (Dayan Viciedo). Both of those guys are big lumbering right-handers who have had different levels of success.

With the success Jose Abreu in his first season as a Major Leaguer, it is very possible that the market for Tomas has exponentially increased. A player who profiles much more similar to Abreu than their countryman Rusney Castillo, may attract more attention, and more dollars from teams. Castillo earned a 7-year $72.5 million contract and Abreu a 6 year $68 million contract. I anticipate Tomas to earn more than both of them from teams trying to secure a middle of the order bat. I project that the Padres are the front-runner in this and are willing to go 7 years and upwards of $12 million per year. The Marlins are at that similar offer point and could win him. Both of those franchises see the success of Abreu as a building block for The White Sox and desire a similar return. If the Phillies or Rangers get involved, the price for Tomas is going up and could exceed a $100 million contract offer. Should be interesting to see what happens with this Yasmany. Inevitably, he will be making YasMany American Dollars as a risky and hopefully productive Major Leaguer. If he can

Category Present Future
Hitting Ability 5 6
Power 6 7
Running Speed 4 4
Base Running 5 5
Arm Strength* 5 6
Arm Accuracy 5 5
Fielding* 5 5
Range 4 5
Baseball Instincts 6 6
Aggressiveness 6 6
 

OVERALL Tomas is a 55-60 Prospect

 

 

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GAME 6 PREVIEW

Who You Got?

Heading back to KC, not only do the Royals need to get back to their home ballpark, but they also need to get back to their style that got them to the ‘ship in the first place. The Kansas City Royals DO NOT NEED TO SCORE MORE THAN 2 RUNS to win this game tonight. Here at The Cleat Sheet, we bet on the Giants, but are supporting the Royals.
Tonight, I like that the Royals are sending Yordano out on the bump. He is wild and hums fire. It is different than the Shields, Davis, Holland mold and less predictable – IF HE THROWS OFF SPEED EARLY IN THE GAME. Sandoval, Pence, and even Crawford right now are too good at hitting fastballs when they know it’s coming. If Ventura can get through six with only giving up one run, mixing up off speed with his nasty, crazy heat keeping hitters off balance, The Royals will win this game. Yordano Ventura is a youngster with gas and spirit. If he can get the Royals to the bullpen with a lead, they will be in good shape.
On the other side, Peavy is going to bring it. There is no doubt that he will get through five giving up 3 or fewer runs. However, that may be enough for the Royals to win. The Giants are due to have an off offensive night, although their studs show no sign of slowing. Pablo Sandoval has literally made an additional $4 million minimum per year on his new contract with his play this October. If he and Pence show up, the Giants will win.
The likeliest scenerio, and I guess we’ll call this my prediction, is a 3-2 Giants win. Ventura does fine, Gordon, Moose, and Butler don’t contribute, Dyson and Gore can’t bring the Royals back, and the most professional organization in baseball, The San Francisco Giants, win their third World Series in five years and beckon dynasty calls.
Who you got?