Osmel Aguila signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in March, but his arrival has been held up by immigration paperwork

The Phillies have finally been able to bring Cuban outfielder Osmel Aguila to the United States. Aguila signed with the Phillies in March, but his arrival has been pending the completion of immigration paperwork, which is now completed.

The Phillies have started to dabble into the group of prospects coming out of Cuba. In March, they signed outfielder Osmel Aguila from the island nation, but it has taken two months for all of the immigration paperwork to be completed, which will allow Aguila to come to the United States. Aguila, 27, six seasons in the Cuban National Series, hitting a combined .280 with 33 home runs in 324 games.

Aguila signed for a reported $100,000 and will report to extended spring training in Clearwater. The Phillies believe that with his past experience in Cuba, he will be able to start his professional career at Triple-A Lehigh Valley when his sting in extended camp is over. The timetable for him to start playing in games or move up the minor league ladder is uncertain, but the Phillies ultimately hope that he could be in the majors by the end of the season, to see at least limited playing time.

Aguila has played primarily in left field for the Ganaderos de Camaquey of the Cuban National Series. In addition to his 111 games in left, he has played 42 games in center and one game at first base in his career.

Osmel Aguila's career stats in Cuba

YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPSLG
2008 Camaguey 48 173 29 51 9 2 2 10 5 25 37 .295 .385 .405
2009 Camaguey 66 214 32 57 8 0 9 21 7 34 39 .266 .378 .430
2010 Camaguey 83 267 47 79 19 5 13 50 9 33 48 .296 .388 .551
2012 Camaguey 54 182 27 50 13 1 4 19 7 23 24 .275 .362 .423
2013 Camaguey 42 145 21 38 7 2 2 16 1 33 24 .262 .415 .379
2014 Camaguey 31 116 12 32 8 0 3 17 1 19 17 .276 .380 .422
All Levels (6 Seasons) 324 1097 168 307 64 10 33 133 30 167 189 .280 .384 .447
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/1/2016.


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