Badler: Yankees are “most likely landing spot” for Leonardo Molina


Via Ben Badler (subs. req’d): The Yankees are the “most likely landing spot” for Dominican outfield prospect Leonardo Molina once this year’s international signing period opens on July 2nd. They have $1.18-1.88M to spend internationally this summer, depending on whether there is free agency or an international draft.

Molina, who has no relation to the Puerto Rican-born catching trio, is the top prospect in the Dominican Prospect League and one of the best athletes available this year. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 lbs., and Badler says he’s a “plus-plus runner with a strong arm, giving him the tools to be an excellent defender in center field once he refines his routes.” Molina offers good bat speed from the right side but he needs to refine his swing a bit to tap into his offensive potential. He can’t sign until he turns 16 on August 1st, but is likely to land a seven-figure bonus once eligible.


  1. mike myers says:

    so you are saying he is better than bryce harper and we will have him in a few months…sweet. thanks!

  2. gageagainstthemachine says:


  3. JLC 776 says:

    Not another catcher – wait… not one of those Molinas? Huh.

  4. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Anyone with the same name as a TMNT is cool with me.
    (I hear he plays baseball well too)

  5. Greg says:

    doesn’t that describe Mesa? A 7 year washout who strikes out half the time?

  6. John C says:

    Another OF prospect I hope they land is OF Micker Zapata, speedy corner OF with a power bat

  7. Jig says:

    Kelvin DeLeon part-II

  8. 16 years old with a guranteed 7 figure signing bonus….what could go wrong?

  9. Pseudoyanks says:

    I hear he’s a Dominican Baseball Renaissance Man.

  10. trr says:

    16 years old. who the hell knows what to expect? could be 7 – 8 years, maybe more for him to develop. Well, the money’s there to spend!

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cashman failed.

    Oppenheimer also failed.

    The scouting people, whoever they are, they just plain fucked up.

  12. MannyGeee says:

    That is a metric shit ton of money to spend on a 16 year old kid. Mind blowing that its drops in a bucket for a club when that is more money than many of us have seen in our entire lives, let alone a kid from DR…

  13. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    The fuck kind of 15 year old is 6’2″ and 170? 7 figure signing bonus?


  14. Virginia Yankee says:

    If this kid were American, he’d be stuck on some high school football team with baseball as a second sport.

  15. Tim says:

    Pretty sure we gave Gary Sanchez $3 million when he was 16. Sometimes you can tell that a player has talent even at such a young age.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Jackson Melian is holding on Line 2.

      • YanksFan says:

        How about Omar Minaya and the Mets having the huge hoopla at Shea when they signed Fernando Martinez. That was hype and typical of Minaya.

        At least he has played in MLB.

  16. Gonzo says:

    Excited that the Yankees can still play in the deep end of the pool despite the new CBA financial constraints.

  17. shittyshittybangbang says:

    Another draft fail ! Oh wait……, int’l f/a……., err……, nevermind ! Oh wait……, int’l f/a fail ! There, that’s better.

  18. Betania molina says:


  19. adriano rosario says:

    es una delas estrella de las muchas que hay en santo domingo

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