Cuban infielder Hector Olivera just held a two-day showcase at the Giants' facility in the Dominican Republic. Along with the Giants, the A's, Padres and Braves all had representatives on hand to watch.
Here's his scouting report according to Baseball America:
"As for what happened on the field, scouts said Olivera looked good, perhaps a little tired on the second day, but he appeared to be in good physical condition, with more weight (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) than he had during his prime years on the national team, but carrying it in a good way. He ran the 60-yard dash in around 6.7 to 6.8 seconds, depending on the stopwatch, showing slightly above-average speed. He’s not flashy at second base, but scouts said he looked like a steady defender. Olivera also took groundballs at third base, and while he’s shown a plus arm in the past, he didn’t seem to be airing it out quite as much at the showcase."
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"Olivera has a quick bat and showed a tick above-average power, hitting the ball hard to all fields and generating loft with his swing. Like a lot of Cuban hitters, he wraps the bat in his setup, but he has a history of making consistent contact in games and scouts have lauded his hitting approach and strike-zone management."
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Olivera, who is living in Haiti while he waits for the required license to sign with an MLB team, is expected to soon hold private workouts for clubs and should be able to be signed by Opening Day.