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The New York Yankees have reportedly gone in on the international prospect pool again after a 2014 spending spree restricted the deals they could make since.
As they love to do, the New York Yankees once again took a dive into the international prospect pool and reportedly made two big deals with two stud prospects, both of which rank inside MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, New York has agreed to a $1.5 million deal with Venezuelan outfielder Everson Pereira (No. 4) and Venezuelan shortstop Robert Chirinos (No. 16) for $900,000. Sanchez also reports that the club has deals in place with Dominican Republic outfielders Anthony Garcia for $450,000, and Stanley Rosario for $300,000.
Pipeline calls Pereira a “true center fielder,” with an average arm but plus speed and instincts — which is always a good sign from a 16-year-old. He also contains a solid “line-drive” swing and Pipeline also says he’ll hit for some power in the future when he begins to adjust to hitting pitches that aren’t fastballs.
Here are the 6-foot, 165-pound outfielder’s scouting grades:
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60
Chirinos, who is also just 16-years-old, is an outfielder-turned-shortstop with a plus arm and good senses on defense. His quick hands have impressed scouts, according to Pipeline, who suggests that he is the perfect candidate to be converted to catcher one day.
Offensively, scouts say Chirinos makes hard contact to all fields and has shown plus bat speed. Here are his scouting grades:
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55
The Yankees also may not be done, as they are also favorites to sign shortstop Ronny Rojas (No. 11) when he turns 16 in August.