Two days after inking seven players, led by SS Felnin Celesten, the Seattle Mariners announced six more additions to their international class.
Joe Doyle & I provided analysis of the class and Celesten in particular in the latest episode of Baseball Things right here.
Here’s the rest of the class with quotes from international scouting director Frankie Thon Jr.
IF Gustavo Beltran (17)
Thon Jr: (Beltran) is a 5-foot-8 infielder with a strong frame. He is a plus-runner with a compact swing and plays primarily second base.
IF Alexander Garcia (17)
Thon Jr: (Garcia) is a 5-foot-11 infielder who is a plus-athlete and can play multiple positions. He has raw strength and an aggressive approach at the plate, with good range on defense
OF Jean Gutierrez (17).
Thon Jr: (Garcia) is a 6-foot-1 outfielder with a physical frame. He is an above-average athlete with raw power and solid speed. He profiles as a power hitter at the plate, with solid arm strength.
RHP Jeter Martinez (16)
Thon Jr: (Martinez) is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher. He has a smooth delivery with good direction and a solid repertoire across the board. He is an above-average strike thrower.
RHP Jose Romero (18)
Thon Jr: (Romero) is a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher with an aggressive mentality on the mound. He has a solid breaking ball and his present velocity reaches the low 90s.
RHP Dylan Wilson (17)
Thon Jr: (Wilson) is a 6-foot right-hander with a long and athletic build. He has plus mechanics and utilizes his body well. His standout weapon is his curveball, which has a chance to be an above-average pitch that induces swing-and-misses.
That makes 13, which is probably going to be the number for this cycle.
It’s a bunch of Top 60s, two Top 30s — one of them top 3 — and overall the kind of class I prefer: Get the big fish if you can, but spreading the pool out over more upside plays is a better approach then signing fewer players at higher bonuses. Seattle did both, and it’s the new ideal manner in which to handle the IFA period.
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