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Within the framework of the first day of international signings of 2022 in the MLB, the New York Mets gave an important sign of their ambition by finalizing the signing of 21 prospects among them, the outfielder Juan Simón who is listed as number 16 according to Baseball America magazine.
Juan Simón, who is considered a five-tool player, he signed for a $1.9 million bonus, making it the most expensive signing the Mets made to this day.
The various reports on the Dominican prospect have indicated that has serious opportunities to develop as a center fielder at various levels of minor leagues and make it to the big team at that position.
Another of the great references that there is about Simón is that he can have a power with the bat that will surely bring great benefits to the team. It should be noted that the young gardener he is being trained, among others, by the ex-grandeliga player Rafael Furcal, who is part of the MLB Coaches Association Program in the Dominican Republic.
Mets landed other top prospect signings
In turn, the team from the Big Apple obtained the signatures of other important prospects such as the Dominican outfielder Willy Fanas for $1.5 million, shortstop Jesús Báez for $275,000, Venezuelan shortstop Dangelo Sarmiento for $700,000 and Dominican outfielder Jefrey Rosa for $100,000.
Among the other young people signed, are:
Wellington Aracena, RHP, Dominican Republic.
Jose Chirinos, RHP, Venezuela.
Franklin Gómez, LHP, Venezuela.
Yonatan Henriquez, SS, Dominican Republic.
Wilson Esterlin Laventure, RHP, Dominican Republic.
Ernesto Mercedes, RHP, Dominican Republic.
Juan Orama, RHP, Venezuela.
Cesar Rivera, LHP, Panama.
Orangel Rodriguez, C, Venezuela.
Freilander Seijas, RHP, Venezuela.
José Sequera, RHP, Venezuela.
Daniel Silva, C, Venezuela.
Francisco Toledo, C, Venezuela.
Jeisel Vargas, SS, Dominican Republic.
Omar Victorino, RHP, Dominican Republic.
Johan Villegas, LHP, Venezuela.
After the signings were announced, the vice president of amateur and international scouting, Tommy Tanous, dedicated a few words to the new players in the organization. “It’s an exciting day for the New York Mets congratulate and welcome these talented youngsters to our organization,” he said.
“This is the first step in making his dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball come true.. I want to thank everyone, from the player family to our amazing scouting staff, for their hard work in this process.”
For his part, the general manager of the Mets, Billy Eppler, highlighted the importance of this day and said he was excited and anxious for these players to reach the Major Leagues. “Today is another step to establish and achieve sustained success” (…). “We are excited for these players to begin their journey to Queens. We also want to thank Tommy, Steve Barningham and our entire international scouting department, as well as everyone in the baseball operations department who worked tirelessly to make this day possible.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.