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Yankees sign Venezuelan shortstop Diego Castillo

Brian Cleary

The team has already signed Dominican outfielder Frederick Cuevas and will continue to sign more players as we get further into the signing period. Another international signing has been announced, and this one is the first substantial one for the Yankees.

Ranked as the No. 16 international prospect by, the five-foot-10, 150-pound shortstop is expected to stay at the position with his good footwork and soft hands with one of the strongest arms in this international class. He has a repeatable right-handed swing, but will likely only be a line drive hitter with little power. MLB says he has a 55-hit tool, 45-power, and 55-run, but also has a 60-arm and 60-field tool as well.

Baseball America has Castillo at No. 24, describing him as a very polished 16-year-old. On the less optimistic side, Matt Garrioch at Minor League Ball believes that his lack of foot speed might ultimately cause him to move to second base.