The Mets announced that they have signed Dominican SS Germán Ahmed Rosario during the first day of the International Free Agent signing period.
Rosario will get a $1.75 million signing bonus, the highest bonus the Mets have ever paid an International Free Agent, topping the $1.3 million the Mets paid Fernando Martinez in 2005.
Baseball America ranked Rosario eleventh among the top international free agents available and had the following to say in their scouting report (subscription required):
Rosario might be the most divisive player in Latin America. He has a long, lanky build, good bat speed and raw power in batting practice along with average speed. Some scouts who like Rosario enough to have him ranked as the top prospect in the Dominican Republic, seeing him as a true shortstop who with power who can hit in games. He showed that at the MLB showcase in February in games against Venezuela, going 4-for-7 with a double, a walk and no strikeouts. Supporters like his fielding instincts, hands, arm strength and ability to make the barehanded play.
Other scouts see an upright hitter with a leg kick that gets him out on his front foot against offspeed stuff and leads to strikeouts with his uppercut stroke. His body has a lot of room to fill out, so he may end up at third base, but some scouts aren’t sold on his infield actions and see him as a corner outfielder.
The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino, both 16 year olds
All three will report to the organization’s Dominican Complex.
Mets VP Paul DePodesta was very high on Rosario calling him an “extremely athletic,very instinctual and highly intelligent” shortstop.”
“He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field,” DePodesta said in a statement.
One thing this front office hasn’t been afraid to do is spend on International amateur talent in the last two seasons.