According to Baseball America, the Mets have signed Venezuelan catcher Jose Garcia. Bonus terms were not immediately available.
A 16-year-old from San Felipe, Garcia was considered one of the top catchers this year. He’s a 5-foot-11, 180-pound switch-hitter with a line-drive swing and good catch-and-throw skills.
NYFS posted this short bio on Garcia:
JOSE GARCIA, C
B-T: B-R Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 180
After Jose Ruiz and Marck Malave, Garcia is expected to be the next in line among Venezuelan catchers. Garcia, who is from San Felipe, has skills on both sides of the ball with an athletic, lively frame. He’s good mechanically behind the plate, with good hands and a solid arm that plays up because of his quick release. He gets high marks for the catching intangibles that scouts and managers like to see. His hands are also an asset in the batter’s box. He has a level, line-drive swing and makes good contact. His power is below-average now. Some scouts think it will stay there, while others think he might have a tick more in him. He’s a switch-hitter, but his righthanded swing is more advanced. The Mets have been tied to Garcia.
Glad to see the Mets get into the IFA game and more importantly get a legit catching prospect in the pipeline.