Toscano gets OK to work out with Braves

Cuban outfielder one step closer to beginning Minor League career

Toscano gets OK to work out with Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dian Toscano will not be permitted to play in Minor League games until the United States government provides its final clearance. But the Cuban outfielder was recently cleared to begin working out at the Braves' Spring Training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Once Toscano is permitted to play games, he will likely steadily work his way through the Minor League ranks before experiencing an extended stay with Triple-A Gwinnett. The 26-year-old outfielder might be added to Atlanta's roster at some point this year. But he will first have to prove himself at the Minor League level and make up for the time he has lost while attempting to complete all of the governmental requirements.

The Braves and Toscano agreed to a four-year, $7.5 million deal in December. Once the deal was finalized in late January, the club hoped to get a better look at him during Spring Training. But legal and visa issues prevented the outfielder from working out with the club until this past week.

Because he did not participate in international events for the Cuban national team, Toscano was a relatively unknown player until he fled Cuba and reached the Dominican Republic last year.

Toscano is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound left-handed hitter who is considered to possess good plate discipline and the capability to produce consistent contact. He batted .300 with a .403 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage while playing in Cuba's Serie Nacional from 2008-12.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.