Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to hold a showcase

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has established residence in Guatemala and will hold a showcase for interested teams on November 12. Moncada is waiting to be unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before he can sign with a major league team.

Moncada is 19 and is a switch hitter, drawing praise from scouts as “the next Jorge Soler”. Naturally, he has also drawn comparisons to Yasiel Puig, Rusney Castillo, and Yasmany Tomas.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly says the world champion Giants have interest in Moncada, though representatives from all 30 teams are expected to attend his showcase.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.