Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to acquire 21 year old Cuban pitcher Livan Moinelo

Some of Fukuoka Softbank Hawks personnel/officials have been reported to have traveled to Cuba just yesterday to acquire left-handed pitcher Livan Moinelo (20 years of age), according to the report. The 20 year old Livan Moinelo currently plays with the  Vegueros de Pinar del Rio of the Cuban league, and has own a record of 26-14 with an ERA of 2.57 in 117 games played primarily as a reliever in 4 seasons in their country.

Livan Moinelo will most likely spend his time first in Ni-gun (farm team) if the Softbank Hawks are done finalizing the contract. He has a light fastball velocity that ranges around 140-145 kph, but has very good secondary pitches.

Livan Moinelo was also a member of the Cuban national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

4 thoughts on “Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to acquire 21 year old Cuban pitcher Livan Moinelo

  1. That’s interesting news. I wonder how that works? I rarely hear of Cuban born players going straight to the Nippon League. Is this something that happens a lot?


    1. I think it has only been a couple of years now that Cuba has allowed their players to sign overseas contracts. IIRC, the players are required to give a a portion of their money back to the state-controlled baseball organization for the privilege of playing outside of Cuba. Obviously excluding the U.S.

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      1. Yeah this is correct, that said NPB team needs to ask permission first with the Cuban Baseball Federation about the player they want to acquire and negotiate with. Many well known Cuban players have now gone to play in NPB thanks to this… Yuliesky Gourriel, Alfredo Despaigne, Hector Mendoza, and Frederich Cepeda are some examples.


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