Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Brewers Sign 5 International Players

Happy International Signing Day!

The Brewers have agreed to terms with the following five players from Latin America, pending the passage of physical examinations as well as the standard Major League Baseball age/ID investigation:

C Johel Atencio (Panama)

Johel signed with the Brewers for $130,000. He is a 17 year old catcher out of Panama. His bat is his biggest tool. He is a right hander, stands at 5-10, and weighs 185 pounds. He's got a nice, smooth swing. Seems to possess good opposite field power. Here's a small sample video of him:

SS Henry Correa (Dominican Republic)

He's 16 years old. He's you average 6-0, 165 pound teenager. Can't find much on him. I'll continue my research after I publish this and update accordingly.

RHP Nelson Hernandez (Venezuela)

He's 16 years of age, and a lanky 6-2, 170 pounds. Again, not much on him. I'm digging the internets.

SS Franly Mallen (Dominican Republic) 

This is a good signing, and I'm actually surprised the Brewers got Franly. The kid can hit, and hits well. Scouts are really high on his bat. As he develops it is believed he will hit for power as well. He just turned 16 years old a month and a week ago. It is unknown at this time what he signed for, but I'm sure it will be in the $700,000-$800,000 range. He was ranked #22 on MLB.com's Top 30 international prospects.

CF Nicolas Pierre (Dominican Republic)

The biggest signing the Brewers made was to Nicolas Pierre, who had been talked about in previous reports to have a lot of interest from the Brewers. He was ranked the #20 overall international prospect by Baseball America and #28 on MLB.com. He's projected to be a center fielder in the big leagues. Like many international guys who signed today, he's only 17 years old. He's 6-3, 170 pounds. He bats right handed, and possesses great bat-to-ball skills that have said to impress scouts. He signed for $800,000.

All five players will report to the Brewers’ Academy in the Dominican Republic.

Until next time, Beer, Brats, and Championships.

- Andrew Vrchota (@AndrewVrchota)

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