Cuban defector impresses the Marlins
Cuban defector Raudel Lazo opening eyes at Marlins camp
by Joe Capozzi
Lazo, 23, defected from Cuba in 2011 and made strides in 2012 in his first professional season. He posted a 2.44 ERA in 42 relief appearances – 41 with Class A Jupiter and one with Class AAA New Orleans.
He is 5-10 and 175 pounds. But he throws a mid-90s fastball with a solid changeup and good slider.
“People sometimes overlook him because he is small but he is a hard worker,’’ said Jose Fernandez, Miami’s top-ranked pitching prospect who’s also Lazo’s roommate.
Lazo, who projects to be a situational reliever, will probably open the season at Class AA Jacksonville. But if he continues his climb, he could debut with the Marlins later this year or next year.
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