Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic last week.
Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com quotes a scout who watched Maya as saying he threw in the 88–92 mph range, while sporting a fastball, two-seamer, a slider, curveball and a changeup.
The Mets and White Sox are the front-runners to sign Maya, according to a recent report on Globedia.com.
Maya’s agent, Bart Hernandez, told Arangure, “Due to his arsenal of pitches, Maya projects as a starting pitcher… It would be a shame to put him in the bullpen. He’s in the prime of his career. It’s not like he’s a young kid needing development.”
In one start and two relief appearances, during last spring’s World Baseball Classic, the 27–year-old Maya allowed one earned run in seven innings, while walking two batters and striking out four.