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

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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.

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  • mike myers

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

  • gageagainstthemachine


  • JLC 776

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

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • MannyGeee

      In other news, the Red Sox are reportedly scouting Venezuelan pitching super-prospect Shredder Quinones.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You win the internet today, Manny.

      • MYkarma86


  • Greg

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

    • jjyank

      The kid is apparently still 15 years old. Maybe we should hold off on comparing him to…well, to anybody.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        All international guys, regardless of age, suck, unless someone else signed them instead of the Yankees. In that case, see my comment below.

    • pat

      LOl. WTF are you even getting at?

  • John C

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

    • trr


      • Robinson Tilapia

        I hardly know her.


  • Jig

    Kelvin DeLeon part-II

    • pat

      Kelvin De Leon is a plus plus runner? Oh wait, no. Nice try though.

  • Matt :: Sec110

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

  • Pseudoyanks

    I hear he’s a Dominican Baseball Renaissance Man.

  • trr

    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!

    • vicki

      gary sanchez was 16 when we signed him for 2.5M.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Cashman failed.

    Oppenheimer also failed.

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

  • MannyGeee

    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…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It really is how the international game is played, though.

      I’m wasting my time living in the US and trying to read my kid books.

      • MannyGeee

        Truth. Sad, sad truth.

      • Pat D

        well his is your son so his ceiling is already low. But hey the world needs Mcdonalds employees also.

        • JohnnyC

          Not if the Democrats keep raising the damn minimum wage.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    /Wants Cespedes

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

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


  • Virginia Yankee

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

    • Matt :: Sec110

      and probably taking better advantage of his athletic skills.

  • Tim

    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

      Jackson Melian is holding on Line 2.

      • YanksFan

        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.

  • Gonzo

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

    • vicki

      if they implement the international draft it’ll be yet another yankee tax. the cap is bad enough.

  • shittyshittybangbang

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

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  • adriano rosario

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