With today being the day Major League teams can sign International Free Agents, the Mets have been busy signing four players from Baseball America’s Top 50 group of prospects. The headliner is SS Ronny Mauricio who received a $2.1 million signing bonus.
Mauricio was ranked the number three prospect overall, and he has received a team record $2.1 million signing the bonus. The record was previously held by Amed Rosario, who received a $1.75 million bonus five years to the day. At the moment, Rosario is the top ranked prospect in the Mets farm system, and to some, he is the top rated prospect in all of baseball.
Mauricio is 6’2″ shortstop and weighing in at 165 lbs. Coincidentally, those measurements are similar to Rosario’s measurements five years ago. The 16-year-old Mauricio has a smooth glove, strong arm, and a promising hitter. Like all players his age, Mauricio is a project, but Mauricio has the tools to be an outstanding baseball player.
Signing Mauricio marks the second time in three years the Mets have signed one of the top International Free Agents. In 2015, the Mets signed Andres Gimenez, who was ranked as the second best prospect in that free agent class.
Joining Mauricio in this year’s signing class is OF Adrian Hernandez. Hernandez received a $1.5 million bonus and is ranked the no. 16 prospect by Baseball America.
Others players confirmed signed by the Mets
- OF Stanly Consuegra, $500,000 bonus, no. 40 ranked by BA
- SS Federico Polanco, Dominican Republic, $325,000
- OF Patricio Diaz, Dominican Republic, $100,000
- OF Eduardo Salazar, Venezuela
- RHP Robert Colina, Venezuela
For those interested in seeing these players play, they will likely being their professional careers in the Dominican Summer Leagues. The upper echelon of prospects will make their way stateside within a year or so as we have seen with Gimenez this year playing in Columbia.
Overall, this is a life changing day for these young players and their families. Congratulations to them, and the best of luck to them as they are now officially professional baseball players.
Huge shout out to Ben Badler of Baseball America that does a terrific job of covering international free agency.