Caribbean Series: Scouting Cuba

Yulieski Gourriel is Cuba's big name, but they have several others to watch in the Caribbean Series. AJPS/AFLO SPORT/Icon Sportswire

We're just a few weeks away from MLB pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, but for those of you going through withdrawal and/or itching for some baseball, the 2015 Caribbean Series is a good opportunity for fans to satisfy their baseball cravings. The series takes place Feb. 2-8 and features the best winter league squads from Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Following the recent news that the United States' trade embargo with Cuba could be lifted, that makes this year's edition of the series especially interesting, as several players from Cuba that were considered unrealistic options to ever play in the major leagues suddenly became much more attainable.

With that, here's a look at the best hitting and pitching prospects on Cuba's roster, and why they have a chance to be successful at the big league level.


Yulieski Gourriel, 3B: Gourriel is the best pure hitter on the roster, and his name has been on the scouting radar for several years.