Racing Against the Clock
In all signing periods following the 2013- 2014 signing period, Cuban players only will be exempt if they are 23 years of age and have played as a professional in a Cuban professional league for a minimum of five seasons.
Daniel Carbonell Stats
He is very fast, much faster than Yasiel Puig.
- Due to the length of the Cuban season, and Carbonell's relative youth in starting there we have a limited sample to work with, about one full season's worth of plate appearances at the MLB level.
- Cuba's season starts shortly after the MLB season ends and runs through May. What I list as the 2012 season started in November of 2011 and ran through May of 2012. I've chosen to use MLB's age conventions; so while Carbonell is listed as 22 for 2012, he was actually only 21 until nearly the end of that season.
- In 2012, in an attempt to reduce offensive levels, Cuba raised the pitcher's mound and shifted to a less-lively baseball. The bulk of his numbers in Cuba came in this environment.