Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 8/26/12
Those of you who follow the minor league teams closely may recall a player signed as an international free agent by the name of Yoan Alcantara. He was supposedly a 16-year-old phenom out of the Dominican Republic that commanded a hefty signing bonus and had tremendous upside. That player was found to be a part of the wide spread identity fraud practiced by many of the young Dominican players against major leagues that has been going on for many years. We now know that Alcantara’s real name is Yeison Asencio and he was born 11/14/89, a full three years older than what the Padres thought he was. This lessens his prospect status significantly and changes the way we view him as a potential major league player. Not to mention the illegal fraud that was perpetrated on a wide spread basis. But the Padres did keep Asencio on the minor league roster and he is an outfielder at Fort Wayne this season. At 6 – 1 and 175 lbs. he seems to still have some filling out to do but is no longer as exci...
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