May 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks to the media before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Met have agreed to terms on a one million dollar contract with 16 year old amateur free agent Kenny Hernandez, according to a report by Baseball America’s Ben Badler.
Hernandez, who attended the Carlos Guillen Baseball Academy in Venezuela, was ranked by Baseball America as the 13th best international prospect for this signing period.
Badler writes that the left handed hitting Hernandez is an “offensive-oriented player” with a “simple, low maintenance swing,” and “good bat speed and balance at the plate.”
“Most scouts seem to think he fits best at third base,” Badler went on “which is where he’s expected to begin his career.” That being said, Mets Farm Report, an official team twitter handle, labeled him a shortstop.
Alderson’s scouting department seems to have a predilection for Latin American infielders. New York’s last major international signing was Dominican shortstop, Ahmed Rosario, who received a 1.75 million dollar contract. Rosario, now 18 and playing for low-A Brooklyn, is currently ranked as the team’s 8th best prospect by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis.