With the international signing period now underway, the Mets have signed two 16-year-old shortstops, and the club is expected to announce more signings in the coming days and weeks.
The players the Mets signed on Wednesday –
Yoel Romero, SS, from Venezuela, for $300,000. Said Ben Badler from Baseball America:
At 6 feet, 175 pounds, Romero moves around well at shortstop with good agility and average arm strength that plays up because of his short arm stroke and quick release. More quick than fast, he’s a fringy runner with gap power from the right side and projection to grow into more strength. Romero trained with Jean Alayon.
Edgardo Fermin, SS, from Venezuela, for $250,000. Said Badler:
At 6 feet, 145 pounds, Fermin’s game will benefit from additional strength, with solid tools that play up because of his advanced instincts and feel for the game. He’s a below-average runner with a fringy arm but is smooth at shortstop and moves around well at the position. He has shown a line-drive stroke from the right side with occasional gap power and the ability to hang in against good velocity. Fermin trained with Carlos Rios.
At 16 years old, both Romero and Fermin are many years away from contributing in the majors, and likely a year or two away from playing for one of the Mets’ minor league affiliates.
However, the international market is an important one.
Not that either of the players signed today will turn into what he is, but the Mets signed Jose Reyes out of the Dominican Republic in 1999 – when he was 16 years old.