King: Yankees interested in Dominican third baseman Rafael DeversBy
Via George King: The Yankees are interested in signing Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers when the international signing period opens on Tuesday. He reiterates their interest in Dominican outfielder Leonardo Molina as well. “They like all the players in the picture, but have an interest in Molina and Devers,’’ said King’s source.
Devers, 16, was recently ranked the third best international prospect available by Baseball America. In the subscriber-only scouting report, they say he is the “most advanced left-handed hitter on the market” thanks to his bat speed, compact stroke, power potential, and ability to both recognize and drive offspeed pitches. His defense at the hot corner is a question, especially if he continues to get bigger as he ages — he’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 lbs.
The Yankees only have $1.88M to spend internationally this year — they are reportedly trying to trade for more pool space — which doesn’t seem like enough to sign both Devers and Molina (fifth best prospect by Baseball America). If they can’t swing a trade for another $1M or so, they’ll probably have to pick one of the two.