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Nats sign Cuban RHP Yunesky Maya

The Nationals agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya on a major-league contract, adding him to their 40-man roster. Maya, 28, pitched for Cuba in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics, going a combined 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA (1 ER/10 1/3 IP) in six games/one start. GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post Maya is the Nationals' "first major international signing that we think is going to impact our major-league ballclub immediately." Maya joins the Nationals after a stellar career in the Cuban National Series, which is Cuba's Major League Baseball equivalent. Pitching for the Pinar Del Rio Vegueros, Maya earned Cuba's equivalent of the Cy Young during his final season in his homeland, going 13-4 with seven complete games and a 2.22 ERA. During his six-year career with Pinar del Rio, Maya went 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA.

How does this guy rate compared to some current pitching prospects or even major league pitchers around 28 years of age that he could be compared to?

Does he have ceiling for a #2 starter a #5 starter or a bullpen arm?




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