Wednesday was a very important day in the baseball world, as teams could officially sign international prospects from around the world. The New York Yankees, who were expected to be active in this process, lived up to their word.
The Yankees signed the following players on Wednesday:
- Nelson Gomez, INF, Dominican Republic
The 17-year-old Gomez was considered to be one of the better prospects available, as MLB had him ranked second, while Baseball America had him ranked sixth. Gomez was given a $2.25 million signing bonus.
- Wilkerman Garcia, SS, Venezuela
Garcia was ranked number 14 on MLB's Top 30 international prospect list. He was given a $1.35 million signing bonus.
- Dermis Garcia, SS, Dominican Republic
Garcia was considered to be the prize of the international prospect free agent market. The 16-year-old infielder was given a $3.2 million signing bonus and was ranked number one in MLB's free agent list, while Baseball America had him ranked ninth.
- Miguel Flames, C, Venezuela
The terms of Flames contract were not disclosed at the time of his signing. Flames, also a 17-year-old, is a former third basemen converted into a catcher and was ranked number 25 by MLB, while Baseball America had him ranked number 30.
- Juan De Leon, OF, Dominican Republic
De Leon was considered to be another top prospect on the market that the Yankees landed, as he was ranked number five in MLB's free agent list while Baseball America had him listed as their number two overall prospect on the international market.
- Hyo-Jun Park, SS, Korea
- Jonathan Amundary, OF Venezuela
Continuing to sign some of the Top 10 international free agents, the 16-year-old Amundary was ranked number seven on MLB's list and was signed to a $1.5 million signing bonus.
- Antonio Arias, OF, Venezuela
The 16-year-old Arias was the number nine ranked prospect in MLB's list and was signed to a $1 million signing bonus, plus an $800K roster bonus.
Of the list, the Yankees came away with the number 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14 and 25 overall top international prospects. Brian Cashman wasn't joking when he wanted to make a major splash in the international market and after Wednesday, it's pretty clear that the Yankees not only made a splash, but they dominated in the market by landing eight of the Top 30 free agents; five of which were in the Top 10 and three of which were in the Top 5.
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