PHOENIX -- Continuing their search for international talent, the Texas Rangers sent a group of scouts to Guatemala on Wednesday to work out infielder Yoan Moncada, according to a source.
Moncada, a Cuban defector, is a six-foot, 210 pound switch-hitter who some experts believe is better than Yasmany Tomas, a Cuban outfielder whom the Rangers had expressed interest in. The Philadelphia Phillies appear to be the favorite to land Tomas. The Rangers were one of the first teams to look at Tomas but have elected to focus their search elsewhere.
With a surplus of talented middle infielders, led by shortstop Elvis Andrus on the big club, checking in on Moncada is more about upgrading for the Rangers. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Moncada has more upside than Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, another Cuban defector.
"Moncada stepped up to the country’s 18U national league in 2012, where he again led the league in batting average, OBP and slugging by hitting .434/.543/.648 in 152 plate appearances with a league-best 20 steals in 24 tries," Badler writes.
You can get the full report on Moncada here.