By Robiel Vega/@robielcuba87
Many were surprised when the organization of the Washington Nationals paid an impressive $4,925,000 to sign Cristhian Vaquero, even more so when that figure represented 95.1% of the 5.2 million budget of international firms that the franchise had. But the truth is that specialists agree that the 17-year-old Cuban is worth every penny.
Since his arrival he began to be compared to greats in the history of the capital team, such as Juan Soto, “Soto didn’t have anywhere near the tools this guy has.”, said Johnny DiPuglia, Director of Operations of the franchise, when asked if the Dominican phenomenon Juan Soto had the same conditions as the Cuban. «…you don’t see guys who are 6-foot-3, 190-pound, switch-hitter, center-field profile…«, Said the manager admiringly.
The Cuban’s talent has not gone unnoticed by the most specialized media; the place mlb.com made a list with the young values of each of the Major League organizations; called to be the best for the year 2024 and to be part of the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects list, among them and leading the Nats, is Cristhian Vaquero, confirming his appointment as the international prospect No. 2 in the present period of international firms.
Vaquero instantly becomes one of the most dynamic players in the Nationals system; as a center fielder with great speed and power. To improve his potential, he learned to hit on the right, after being exclusively left-handed throughout his development. If he maintains this switch status and perfects it, he has the ceiling to be Washington’s top prospect in two years.
Cristhian Vaquero still has a long way to go, but he has in his favor the dedication and discipline with which he faces each day. He is a young man who does not lose focus and is determined to succeed at the highest level of baseball. If we add to all his exceptional physical conditions for baseball, we can be almost certain that his name will sound like the future Cuban star in the Major Leagues.
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