Days after signing top international pitching prospect Osiel Rodriguez, the Yankees were once again active in the market. According to Jesse Sanchez, the team signed Alexander Vargas, a 16-year-old shortstop from Cuba. He received a $2.5 million deal.
Vargas ranks eighth on the MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch. Here’s an excerpt from their scouting report:
“On offense, he has shown a plus hit tool and is known for making hard contact. He might be a better overall hitter from the left side at the moment, but he shows more power from the right side. He runs a 6.5-6.6 second 60-yard timed run and has proven to be a good baserunner in games. Some believe he has the potential to steal 30 bases in the big leagues and sport a .270 batting average.
“One of the top defenders in this year’s class, Vargas has above average hands with a strong arm and good range to both sides. He’s known for his quick first steps, good body control and fearless approach on offense and defense. He’s also wowed scouts with his ability to track down fly balls in center field.”
The Yankees acquired $3.75 million in international pool money throughout their summer trades. While many speculated that was to make a run at Victor Victor Mesa, the recent signings suggest otherwise. The Bombers can’t outbid the Orioles, anyway. They might as well get the most talent possible now. Between Rodriguez, Vargas, and Kevin Alcantara, the Yankees have done just that.