International Free Agent Notes: Tomas, Garcia

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The international free agent signing period opens in less than two weeks, and the Yankees have been connected to almost every meaningful prospect. They reportedly have several deals already in place and are expected to spend upwards of $30M between bonuses and penalties. Here are some stray notes on international prospects:

  • Cuban OF Yasmani Tomas has defected, reports Ben Badler. He still needs to go through several steps (establish residency, be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, etc.) before being declared a free agent, so it might not be until next year that he can actual sign. Badler says the 23-year-old Tomas “can hit towering home runs (and) has 70 raw power on the 20-80 scale,” though there are holes in his swing and he struggles against breaking balls. This won’t be the last time you hear about him.
  • The Yankees are likely to sign Venezuelan SS Wilkerman Garcia to a seven-figure bonus, according to Badler (subs. req’d). Garcia, 16, is considered one of the best hitters available this summer, and Badler says (subs. req’d) he is “a switch-hitter who’s better from the left side, where he can square up good velocity with a mature approach at the plate … Garcia’s offensive game is more about hitting than power, but there’s strength projection in his body.”
  • MLB.com posted their list of the top 30 international free agents, and, like their draft coverage, it includes scouting reports, 20-80 scouting scale grades, and video. All for free. It’s awesome. The Yankees are connected to prospects No. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 18, 25, and 29. If they were serious about building up the farm system, they’d sign the other 19 prospects too. (Do I need to say that’s sarcasm? Because it was sarcasm.)
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Game 73: Tino's Day
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  • Yankee$

    Wilkerman = Dermis ??

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      2 different players.
      2 different countries.

      • Yankee$

        Ah, I see them both now. Thanks.

  • uyf1950

    What happened to prospect #(s) 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10? Just wondering what positions those kids play.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      SS, SS, RHP, OF, RHP

      Yankees are connected to multiple SS’s (#1, 13, 14, 16, and 18) and OF’s (#5, 7, 9, and 29) already.
      Pitchers are noticeably absent though.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        But many of the shortstops aren’t shortstops anyways, at least long term. Is like the hs kids who many the good ones are ss, they don’t project there long term. The RS are connected to the top 2 pitchers.

      • Preston

        There are a lot of reasons for the Yankees not to focus on pitching in this round of IFA. First they just went pretty heavy on pitching in the draft. Second it’s a lot harder to project 16 year old pitchers than hitters. Velocity is a main factor for whether or not these guys can hack it in MLB, and at 16 you have no idea what their future velocity is going to be. The Yankees have had success identifying pitching prospects that are less heralded; Luis Severino was signed for 225k, Manny Banuelos was signed for 450k, Ivan Nova was signed for 80k. Not to mention that the biggest factor for success with pitchers is health. And at 16 there is absolutely zero way to tell if a guy can be durable or not.

        • Yankee$

          Exactly. When you think about how much risk is involved with young pitchers (say Draft eligible 18 year old kids) just increase that risk exponentially when you’re talking about a 16 year old kid.

    • uyf1950

      Nevermind, I just saw the list.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Wish they were connected to Lara. He looks like a future corner outfielder, but he hits very nice.

  • Preston

    I didn’t know that Hyo-Jun Park was so highly ranked. That means that they’re rumored to have agreed to deals with 5 guys in the top 13. That’s pretty exciting. The yearly cap allotment would have only allowed them to sign one guy like that per year. So they would only get three players of this caliber from 2014-2016. Here we get to actually go after top guys that are going to sign for more than our usual cap in Garcia and Gomez, and three guys of the talent level we’d be able to acquire over the next three years with the added benefit that they are in the system now instead of a year or two down the road. If they can lock down the guys they are rumored to have agreements with and sign one or two extra guys in the top 30 then I think that the plan to bust the cap will have worked out brilliantly.

    • Deep Thoughts

      All part of the plan to trade for David Price in 13 months at the 2015 deadline.

      • Preston

        If we can trade 17 year olds at rookie ball for David Price next year I would be ecstatic.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’d sign every Venezuelan I could get my hands on just for that purpose.

  • Deep Thoughts

    But where is his power on a scale of 1 to Peter O’Brien?

  • marv fan

    I know this dosen’t have to do with the International FA market, but Ty Hensley made his 2014 Debut today. He didn’t pitch overly great but did strike out 5 in 2.2inn.

    Alexander Palma went 4-4 with a HR(!!)

    • Preston

      He can still throw strikes and he can still miss bats. After all the time that he’s missed and the health problems that he’s had that’s a really good sign.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You’re a fan of my father-in-law? That’s sweet.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      That’s decent. I would assume it is just the pitch count, not that he was done.

    • nycsportzfan

      Is Palma a big deal prospect?

  • nycsportzfan

    Dermis Garcia is ranked 1 on that MLB.COM list. Hes one of the guys Yanks are probably signing, right?

    • Preston

      The Yankees are rumored to have deals in place with Garcia (MLB #1), Gomez (2), De Leon (5) and Amundary (7) and Park (13).

  • nycsportzfan

    Good news, Mike Ford is back in the Charleston lineup for tonights game.

  • nycsportzfan

    Anyone know much about Park? It says hes also been heavily scouted by Yanks.

  • CashmanNinja

    Raul Ibanez cut by Angels. Hmm…if only he could fake playing RF.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Wilkerman is an absolute 80 on the first name tool.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    BORN IN 1998 DAM IM OLD #2 LOOKS LIKE HES 12