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World Baseball Network

Sources with deep knowledge of Cuban baseball confirmed to World Baseball Network that Cuban pitcher Leodan Reyes has left Cuba and is currently in the Dominican Republic.

Reyes, 22, left the Cuba National Team after appearing with the team the Caribbean Cup, which was held from December 4-11 in Nassau, Bahamas. A 6-foot-1 right hander, Reyes has appeared in 23 games in the Cuban National Series with Pinar del Rio, throwing 34 innings in relief, striking out 34, allowing 34 hits and 26 walks while posting an ERA of 6.62.

A 2018 deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation allowed players with six years of service time in Cuba to sign with Major League teams. That agreement expired on Oct. 31, 2021. Since then, 121 Cuban baseball players have left the island nation to pursue their baseball careers elsewhere, according to baseball writer Francys Romero of website Beisbolfr.com.

A youthful talent, Reyes starred for Cuba at the WBSC U-23 World Cup, making three appearances and throwing 7.2 innings, allowing just six hits and striking out seven while posting an ERA of 0.00. At the 2022 Caribbean Cup, Reyes threw six innings in his only start, allowing just four hits, walking two and striking out seven in a 9-3 win against the Bahamas on December 7.

Romero describes Reyes as athletic with a fastball that tops out around 95 mph, and compliments the heater with a hard slider, curveball and changeup.