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Top prospect leaves Cuba to play in the United States

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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that one of the top prospects in Cuba, 21 year-old Victor Victor Mesa, and his younger brother Victor Mesa Jr., 16, have left their country to come to the United States to play.

The Mesas are the sons of long-time Cuban National Team manager Victor Mesa Sr., who in addition to his baseball legend, is rather fond of the name “Victor.”

Last year Sanchez wrote that the elder Mesa son, Victor Victor, is a super fast and is a plus defender in the outfield who stole bases and hit for power in Serie Nacional play, which is Cuba’s top domestic league, where he began play at the age of 16.

Despite his extensive experience Victor Victor will be considered an amateur free agent for Major League Baseball’s purposes, subject to the stringent bonus cap, as will his teenage brother. Before they can sign with any organization, however, MLB will have to declare them free agents, which takes some time and paperwork.

Indians activate Francisco Lindor

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The Indians activated shortstop Francisco Lindor in advance of their doubleheader against the Braves, the club announced Saturday. Veteran DH Hanley Ramírez has been designated for assignment in a subsequent roster move.

It’s a welcome change for the Indians, who lost Lindor to a right calf strain at the outset of spring training and saw his recovery timetable extended by a left ankle sprain during one of his rehab games. When healthy, however, the 25-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular. During his 2018 campaign, he received his third consecutive All-Star nomination and finished the season batting .277/.352/.519 with 38 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and a career-best 7.6 fWAR through 745 plate appearances.

Things haven’t gone nearly as well for Ramírez since he inked a minor-league deal with the club in late February. Although he managed to stay relatively injury-free during his first few weeks of the 2019 season, the 35-year-old infielder slashed an underwhelming .184/.298/.327 with three extra bases and eight RBI in 57 PA. Whether or not he’ll find another major-league gig this year remains to be seen.