Saturday, December 23, 2017
Venezuelan outfielder Raimfer Salinas and Venezuelan catcher Antonio Cabello, two of the top 2017 international prospects, have deals to sign with the Yankees.
Salinas, 16, was the No. 10 international prospect for July 2 in the 2017 class, while Cabello, 17, ranked No. 15 on Baseball America’s rankings of the top 50 international prospects for 2017. Both players trained with Francisco Ortiz.
MLB.com takes a while to update their list to reflect which team signed the available guys, but according to THEIR rankings, the Yankees now have four of the top 11 prospects (they signed Ronny Rojas months ago and MLB.com still doesn’t have it updated to include him).
International free agents are obviously crapshoots, but still, there obviously is some major talent to be found there. This is how the Yankees got Severino, Sanchez and, back in the day, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera. So, better to get as many guys as you can (if you couldn’t get Ohtani).
Cabello is particularly interesting because their minor league system is a bit barren, catcher-wise.