The international signing period for MLB teams starts on July 2nd, which is this upcoming Tuesday. Once that day comes, teams will be able to sign 16-year-old international players they’ve been evaluating. Ben Badler of Baseball America breaks down the top 30 players today. He’s pinning the Mets as targeting catcher Ali Sanchez and shortstop Luis Carpio.
Sanchez ranks as the 25th-best international prospect on this list, but Badler says he’s a solid second choice after Jose Herrera when it comes to catchers. The backstop hails from Venezuela, and stands at 6′ tall and 180 lbs. He already has some international playing experience; he’s participated in the 2011 Pan American Championship for Venezuela, and has also played in the international prospect league in the Dominican Republic.
Here’s what Badler has to say about Sanchez:
Sanchez is more athletic than Herrera and has more experience catching, which is evident in his catch-and-throw skills. He’s an intelligent, high-energy player...