Jorge Ortiz of USA Today reports that two players on the Cuban national team, playing in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, have defected. The players: shortstop Dainer Moreira and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez.
Neither are thought to be elite prospects. Moreira is 30 and Gutierrez, while only 19, is not a hard thrower. Given his age and early success, though, Gutierrez is thought to have major league potential.