Cuba’s best pitching prospect is on his way to America


Jesse Sanchez of reports that 21-year-old right-hander Norge Ruiz, called “arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba” by Baseball America, has left the country and is looking to sign with an MLB team.

Baseball America international prospect analyst Ben Badler’s scouting report on Ruiz from February noted his “good pitchability and average to above-average stuff across the board.”

Last month Badler rated Ruiz as the eighth-best player still in Cuba and projected him as a solid mid-rotation starter, but he figures to need some time in the minors before being ready for a big-league rotation. Expect a bidding war, although because Ruiz is only 21 years old he’ll be subject to MLB’s international spending limits and that could end up costing him $30 million or so.

Craig Counsell pulls Wade Miley after one batter

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell took “the opener” to new heights in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday evening. Expecting Wade Miley to pitch a sizable portion of the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stacked the lineup with right-handed hitters behind leadoff batter Cody Bellinger.

Wade Miley walked Bellinger to start the game. Counsell promptly walked to the mound and called for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, removing Miley from the game after just one batter and five pitches, as was the plan. Woodruff will face almost exclusively right-handers down the Dodgers’ lineup with the exceptions of Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw.

Miley will now start Game 6. Or will he?