In recent years, Major League Baseball has seen a significant number of international players vying to make their mark on American soil in the sport that they dearly love, and on Wednesday, another young star took steps to do just that.
Young 19-year-old Cuban left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, who defected from from his homeland last June, has been granted free agency, according to his agent, Jaime Torres.
Concepcion defected while his Cuban national team was playing in a tournament in the Netherlands, the same tournament in which current Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman defected in 2009.
Concepcion has established residency in Mexico and is currently training in the Dominican Republic, where he will no doubt catch the eye of several major league teams.
Concepcion is virtually unknown to much of the baseball world, however, like many of his countrymen before him who took the same path, they quickly established themselves and made names for themselves in rapid fashion.
Concepcion is just one of several international stars who dream of one day gaining stardom in Major League Baseball. Here is a list of several other internationals stars who may not be well known yet, but will be sometime in the future.