As teams are looking through all the potential options in the international market to help bolster their respective farm systems in a couple weeks, Ben Badler of Baseball America profiles some of the top shortstops in today’s July 2nd Notebook. Of the shortstops available, the Mets are interested in 15-year-old Venezuelan Luis Carpio. Here’s what Badler had to say about him:
Carpio, who can sign once he turns 16 on July 11, is around 6 feet, 170 pounds and looks better in games than he does in workouts, although he is a plus runner. He’s a contact-oriented hitter with good pitch recognition, bat control and a line-drive approach with gap power. Scouts describe him as a scrappy player whose arm could lead him to second base.
While this doesn’t seem like anything too exciting, Carpio would have plenty of time to develop his skills and his body in the Mets organization if he does eventually come on board. I’ll take line drives and gap power any day.