Who is Roberto Baldoquin? Baldoquin is a 20 year old shortstop from Cuba, more specifically from Las Tunas of the Serie Nacional de Cuba.
At 20, Baldoquin becomes the first Cuban player the Angels have signed since Kendrys Morales in 2004. The signing is pending a physical.
Baldoquin signs for a record 8 million signing bonus for an amateur according to MLB.com.
Right now, Baldoquin is not ready for Major League Baseball, but will be the future of the Angels infield should he prepare and compete at short stop and second base.
While Baldoquin didn’t put up stellar numbers for Los Lenadores de Las Tunas, he shows line-drive power, good soft hands, and can play second base and short stop.
As the Angels prepare him for the major leagues, they will undoubtedly work him into the minor leagues slowly as he becomes acclimated to the big world of Big League Baseball and being in the United States.
Baldoquin worked out in the Dominican in order to become better equipped to handle the rigors of the game.
There is a chance he could be sent to Class A affiliates (Burlington, IA or Inland Empire).