Cuban prospect Moncada declared free agent

Cuban prospect Moncada declared free agent

Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

However, he still must be unlocked by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can sign with a club. How long that will take is unclear.

The 19-year-old impressed 60-70 scouts during a workout in Guatemala on Wednesday, when he ran a 60-yard dash, took batting practice and worked out at three infield positions.

"Moncada had a great workout, showing his five-tool potential," one scout in attendance told MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. "He is in great shape. Unfortunately, he was not able to hit off live game pitching. We will need to see him off of live pitching to command the top dollars they are looking for."

The Yankees, Braves, Red Sox and Cubs all reportedly had four or more scouts watching Moncada, who played for Cuba's top team of 15- and 16-year-olds and starred at the U-16 IBAF World Baseball Championships in Mexico.

He played for Cienfuegos at age 17 and hit .277 over parts of two seasons, playing alongside Jose Abreu and Erisbel Arruebarrena. Moncada was on Cuba's preliminary roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic before he was granted his release from Cienfuegos this year, and cleared by Cuba's National Baseball Commission to leave Cuba.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.