According to industry sources, the club has agreed to deals with outfielder Lazaro Montes, No. 8 on MLB.com’s Top 50 International Prospects list, for $2.5 million; shortstop Michael Arroyo, who ranks No. 41, for $1.3 million; and No. 48 Martin Gonzalez, a shortstop from the Dominican Republic, for $1.3 million.
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Well, let's hope these three guys turn out to be better than projections..... looks like the Yankees got a monster.. shortstop Rodrick Arias, a switch hitter with exceptional power and bat to ball skills, kid with a cannon arm, great glove, and blazing speed. $4 million.
Our top guy compares well with Arias in terms of scouting grades.AT Funchal-Madeira wrote: ↑Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:27 pmWell, let's hope these three guys turn out to be better than projections..... looks like the Yankees got a monster.. shortstop Rodrick Arias, a switch hitter with exceptional power and bat to ball skills, kid with a cannon arm, great glove, and blazing speed. $4 million.
Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
Montes has power and tons of athleticism. It’s this combination, along with large frame and projectable body, that make him one of the most interesting prospects on the market.
The teen is the perfect example of a prospect that developed quickly and transformed from a one-tool player -- in his case, it was power -- to an all-around talent because of his emerging athleticism. Montes will start in center field and yes, he could eventually move to a corner spot because of his body, but he has all of the tools to stay in the middle of the diamond.
For now, he projects to be an average defender with an average arm. Like most prospects his age, Montes is still working on his outfield routes and improving his overall range. He also projects to be an average runner.
The club that signs him will be banking on his impactful raw power and above-average athleticism.
Montes trains with Aldo Marrero in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The Mariners are the favorite to sign him.