With their signing restriction from 2014 now lifted, the Yankees are again making a splash in the international market.
The deal, which comes with a shiny $1 million signing bonus, has been expected to go down since the Yankees came to an alleged agreement with Rojas back on July 2 when the international signing period officially opened. Due to certain restrictions put in place by Major League Baseball, New York wasn’t able to sign the youngster until he turned 16 years old on August 23.
Interestingly enough, MLB.com, Baseball America and FanGraphs all have the 6-foot, 170-pound Rojas listed as the 11th best prospect in the international class. He is a switch-hitter and displays the ability to make hard contact from both sides of the plate according to MLB.com’s scouting report. His ability to make consistent contact is attributed to both his sound mechanics and quick hands. Defensively, his arm strength is solid and he displays the fielding ability to remain at shortstop for the long-term future.
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Before signing Rojas, the Yankees began the international signing period with $4.75 million in their pockets to spend on talent abroad. That number bloated to an impressive $8 million after the club acquired additional pool money via a handful of summer trades.
With money to spend, the Yankees have made a killing in the international market since July 2 by signing four players from Baseball America’s Top 50. Those names include Dominican outfielder Anthony Garcia (ranked #28), Venezuelan infielder Roberto Chirinos (ranked #20), and Venezuelan outfielder Everson Pereira (ranked #5).
While the Yankees continue to develop the current choir of Baby Bombers, it’s nice to see the organization keep the pedal to the metal with young talent acquisitions.