Well they both played great in the Olympics. Pestano batted over .500, Cepeda just under .500. Pestano is a catcher, but I'm pretty sure he is relatively old (30-ish?). Cepeda is a good outfielder and is only 24.
I highly doubt either one would be "stars" in the Majors. The pitchers from the Cuban team, mainly Vera, would make an impact. Kendry Morales will be a star, but he is under tight guard after already trying to defect.
Say this for the Yankees: They aren't gun-shy when it comes to Cuban free agents
One month after giving up on Contreras, whom they gave $32 million to before the 2003 season, the Yankees will send VPs Lin Garrett and Damon Oppenheimer to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and Wednesday to scout Kendry Morales, a 21-year-old switch-hitting outfielder/first baseman who will play in games designed to showcase what many believe was the best bat in Cuba before he defected in June. He has established residency in the Dominican.
Garrett has already been to the Dominican to watch Morales work out.
Morales, a Cuban refugee, has been cleared by MLB to talk to clubs. He has retained agents David Valdes and Henry Vilar. The latter has a good relationship with Carlos Rios, the Yankees' coordinator of Latin America scouting.
"The preliminary indications [are] that he looks like a player," Yankee minor league head Mark Newman said of Morales. "The difficult thing is that he has been out of circulation. The information we have on him is old. He has to show what he is."
Morales rarely played outside of Cuba but is considered that country's best position player.
Since the Yankees are involved, they will be among the favorites to land Morales, a player they can never get through the draft. And one they need to re-stock a farm system that is lacking in prospects
As far as baseball knowledge pimps go - not too sure about the other guys mentioned, but as stated above, Kendry is the real deal. He's a top 5 pick in any draft, which is why the Yanks, Sox and Mets all have scouts on him right now.
If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present.
But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future.
The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past.
[i]-- Master Po[/i]
Yeah Morales defected a bit ago. He has a workout scheduled today in the Dominican Republic for MLB clubs to come and watch him.
The thing is some of the info on him is old cause Cuba hasn't let him play that much where others have seen him. But he is a switch hitting 22 year old, who can play corner outfield and infield positions. From most reports he is advanced enough to play in Double A right now.
If he has a great work out it should be a big bidding war for who gets to sign him. coughyankeescough.....