Two Cuban Pitchers Get Cards Minors Tryout

A pair of left-handed pitching cousins who left Cuba are getting a look in St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training camp.

With an ongoing need for left-handed pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals are exploring a non-traditional avenue this spring.

Two native Cuban pitchers are being given a look in the organization's minor league spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla. They are Frank del Valle (Arrebato), age 21, and Rigoberto Arrebato (Nunez), a 25-year-old. A Cuban website notes the two left-handed pitchers are cousins.

According to a press release from the Dominican Republic, agent Wellington Gonzalez of the ITP Baseball Academy has been shopping a group of Cuban pitchers around spring training camps, including the Yankees and Cubs. Visas were obtained for the young men to travel to the US this spring. del Valle is noted in the linked-to article, but Arrebato is not.

Frank del Valle

del Valle, 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds and born September 16, 1989, is a former member of the Cuban National Team. As a 15-16 year-old, he set the national season strikeout record and pitched a no-hitter. del Valle pitched in the 2006 "AAA" World Junior Baseball Championship and in the PanAmerican and pre-World Cup (IBAF AAA) competitions for 18-and-under players in 2007.

Arrebato, 5-foot-9 and 161 pounds and born February 4, 1986, participated in the World Youth Championship in 2004 and later with the Metropolitanos Gladiators of Havana in the Cuban National Series. Over his career, he fanned 100 but walked 87 in 146 2/3 innings, with an ERA of 5.65. In 2006-07, his ERA was 2.96.

The pair reportedly left Cuba in 2008.

Cardinals farm director John Vuch explains the plan for the pair is very simple. "We'll watch them throw and see how they look, but no commitments - just a tryout," he said late Friday.

A tip of the cap is given to reader "UncleDenny" for the notification.



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