The Seattle Mariners have officially signed Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez for $1.85 million according to a report by Baseball America.
Hernandez is listed as the No. 3 International prospect by Baseball America and is the top prospect this year out of Venezuela.
The 16-year old switch-hitter stands 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He is described as having a well-rounded skill set and he performed well at the MLB showcase back in January in the Dominican Republic.
In the showcase, Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and a walk.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 2, 2014
The two sides reached an agreement back on July 3, but just recently finalized the deal.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com calls him a contact hitter with a setup that could improve quickly due to a natural swing and strong hand-eye coordination. Of course he needs to get some regular action for that to happen.
Scouts see him as a centerfield prospect that will likely be moved to right on account of a below average throwing arm.
Check out this video courtesy of MLB.com to see him in action.