By Robiel Vega / @ robielcuba87
Gerardo Venero may be an unfamiliar name to most fans, but we are talking about one of the best and youngest prospects in Cuban pitching today. Venero was born in Nueva Paz, former Havana province and current Mayabeque; He left Cuba legally in October of last year, when he was not yet 15 years old, and headed for the Dominican Republic.
This southpaw, about to turn 16, appeared in a tryout with the Red Sox and gave a true pitching recital, as reported on his Twitter account by colleague Francys Romero. He struck out seven opponents in a line, showing a sustained fastball between 86 and 89 miles per hour and also using the change of speed and the corner as a complement to his repertoire.
According to the specialist himself, several scouts compare it with Adrian Morejon, another Cuban left-handed pitcher who currently plays for the San Diego Padres and is in recovery after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Morejón has had little participation in the Big Top although he has already participated in three seasons. By 2021 it was expected to be his first major campaign, but the injury thwarted the goal.
Venero’s projection is that he must overcome, with time and adequate preparation, the 90 miles per hour of sustained speed, taking into account his great youth. On the other hand, his progress is already noticeable because when he left the island his straight did not exceed 87 MPH and at this moment it is already around 90.
Gerardo Venero has an impressive somatotype, at 6.2 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds and can still fit a few more, taking into account that he is a teenager and that his body is clearly developing.
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PROSPECT Cuban in Dominican gave RECITAL of pitching in tryout with Boston