Cuban baseball player Gerardo Concepcion defected during a tournament in the Netherlands, official media on the island said.

A brief reference at the end of an article published Thursday in the Granma and Juventud Rebelde newspapers reported "the defection of the lefthanded pitcher Gerardo Concepcion of the Cuban team" in Rotterdam.

Cuba's official press usually refrains from mentioning defections by athletes from the island when they travel abroad to play in international tourneys, escapes that occur with a certain frequency.

Concepcion, 18, was considered a top pitching prospect and in the Cuban baseball league's most recent season was selected as top rookie.

During the season, he pitched in 21 games for the Industriales club and had a record of 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA.