Quote Originally Posted by clayamtion View Post
Is it that low?
I knew he would have spend at least a half of season in AAA.

Just thought it was closer to AA and AAA.
Yeah, Japan is roughly AAA level. Cuba isn't nearly as good.

Davenport runs translations for Serie Nacional players, just as he does for Japanese league players, minor leaguers, and others not in the majors. He considers the competition in Serie Nacional to be equivalent to high-A ball in North America's minor leagues — the Carolina, California, and Florida leagues.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...-weapon-planet
Alvarez sounds like not more than a C+ type prospect. He hasn't made the Cuban national team, and has only one season that stood out a little. He has the tools to maybe turn into a solid regular, but probably as many question marks and as much bust potential as guys like Puello and Vaughn.

He doesn't seem to be a better hitter than Henry Urrutia, who signed with the Orioles for under $1M. He's a little bit better athlete than Urrutia, who is more a LF type. So worth a little more. The infielder, Diaz, looks like the better prospect.