With the floodgates opening today, teams could make their international signings official.
The Mets doled out a new team record of $2.1 to No. 3 ranked international prospect Ronny Mauricio, according to MLB.com’s national reporter Jesse Sanchez.
The previous record was set when the Mets signed Amed Rosario for a $1.7 million bonus back in 2012.
The Mets also came to terms with No. 18 ranked prospect SS Adrian Hernandez for $1.5 million.
More info about these prospects can be found below.
Original report – June 27
Ben Badler of Baseball America has released the top 50 international prospects for 2017.
The signing period begins Sunday, July 2 and the Mets are considered the favorites to sign two of the top 20 players: No. 3 shortstop Ronny Mauricio and No. 16 outfielder Adrian Hernandez.
Back in February, Badler pegged the Mets as the landing spots for the aforementioned prospects.
Mauricio and Hernandez, both 16, will likely command $1 million signing bonuses, according to Badler.
Mauricio is listed as a shortstop, standing at 6’2″ and weighing in at 165 lbs, the same measurements that Amed Rosario checked in at when he was signed in 2012.
Mauricio hits from both sides of the plate, although from the limited video available he appears to look more comfortable in the left handed batters box. Mauricio has a smooth glove and strong arm, but like all players his age, he needs a lot of fundamental work.
Hernandez, a 6’0″, 180 lb. outfielder appears to be very intriguing. He generates noticeable power from the right side, although his stance and load can be inconsistent.
Hernandez also has a strong arm and above average speed, as he runs a 6.3 second 60-yard dash.
In addition, the Mets are the favorites to sign 16-year-old outfielder Stanley Consuegra out of the Dominican Republic. He ranks No. 40 on Badler’s list.
Here’s what Baseball America had to say about him:
“He’s a solid-average runner and his best tool is his outstanding arm, which already shows glimpses of being a 70 tool. A righthanded hitter, Consuegra shows good bat-to-ball skills against live pitching and isn’t a home run threat right now but makes loud, quality contact.”
Last but not least, the Mets have been tied to No. 49 prospect on Badler’s list, David Marcano.
“Marcano is one of the youngest players in the class. He will be eligible to sign once he turns 16 on Aug. 28, which means had he been born a week later, he would have been a 2018 prospect.
“Marcano has experience pitching for Venezuela at international tournaments, including the 15U World Cup in 2016 in Japan, where he pitched well, and in Panama at the COPABE 16U Pan American Championship.
“His fastball at the time was in the mid-80s, but as he’s gotten stronger, he’s reached 92 mph, though his velocity has been up and down.
“It’s a fastball with heavy life and he complements it with a curveball that has top-to-bottom action and could develop into an above-average pitch.
“Marcano’s curveball is ahead of his changeup, but he shows feel for the changeup as well. Marcano is an excellent athlete for a pitcher with power and projection in his body and an arm that works well in the back and generates good extension out front, which along with his youth suggests there’s more velocity coming.
“The Mets are the favorites to land Marcano, who trains with Francisco Ortiz.”
Though no signing can be completed until July, it is almost certain that both these players should be signed by the Mets.