Category: IFA

UPDATE: Padres Sign Cuban Lefty Hernandez

UPDATE: 

Mets continue to stay out of the Cuban Market, as the San Diego Padres sign Cuban Defector  Osvaldo Hernandez. The Left Handed 18-year old pitcher was signed to a 2.5 million dollar bonus.

C’mon Mets, get into the game…

Old News:

So this is news.

The Mets, who don’t generally sign young amateur Cubans are interested in signing Osvaldo Hernandez, an 18 year old Cuban Defector, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The Mets have never signed an amateur Cuban.

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Mets are Frontrunners For Two Top International Free Agents

In Ben Badler’s latest Piece for Baseball America, he highlights the annual International Showcase that is taking place in the Dominican Republic for February 22nd and 23rd. Badler mentions the top overall prospects in the 2017/2018 July 2nd International Free Agency and names Ronny Mauricio and Adrian Hernandez as two players that the Mets are “frontrunners for”.

(Photo by http://dplbaseball.com)

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Mets Sign Honduran Pitcher

Today, the Mets signed Honduran Pitcher Williams Valencia.

He’s 16, born on July 21st, 2000 from La Ceiba, Honduras.

I don’t have anymore information on him, but I believe he will be on DSL 1 or 2.

Mets IFA Signings, Releases, Retirements

Mets signed recently:

C Kevin Torres (17) and assigned him to DSL 1

RHP Darling Baez (19) and assigned him to DSL 2

LHP Christofer Dominguez (16) and assigned him to DSL 2

RHP Malky Mena (20) and assigned him to DSL 2

No, I don’t have any info on these guys, they were likely a few 10K signings. 

Released:

Mets Released Michael Katz, 2014 9th rounder. Had power and a strength-oriented swing, but just couldn’t hack it. No, he isn’t related to Saul. Safe Travels, Mike.

Retired: 

Righthander Connor Buchmann Retired. Had a plus arm that reached 98 but had no control. Guess the “Buch” stopped at the Appy League… I kid, I kid. Enjoy retirement, Connor.

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