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Mets sign 16-year-old IFA shortstop Ronny Mauricio for $2.1 million

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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With international signing day upon on Sunday, the Mets were expected to be somewhat active looking for pieces to help out within the organization from free agents outside of the U.S.

Prospects from all over the world are given the chance to sign with major league teams starting on July 2nd all the way through June 15, 2018. The Mets actually landed a free agent of their own, shortstop Ronny Mauricio, who the team signed for a record-break $2.1 million. The previous high-mark was held by Amed Rosario who was signed for $1.7 million in 2012.

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According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, Mauricio is considered the 10th best prospect available and the 3rd best shortstop in this class.

The 6’2″ Mauricio is a switch hitter, and has shown tremendous athleticism up the middle in his defense. Although he’s still young (he’s 16 years old), the Dominican Prospect League called him one of the most projectable shortstops in the entire class, so it looks like this was the right call for the Mets to make looking into the future.

The Amazin’s also signed another shortstop prospect from this class. The team came to terms with Adrian Hernandez for $1.5 million. He was ranked at no. 18 overall. The 16-year-old Hernandez can also play the outfield, but is mostly considered a prospect for the infield. The Dominican Prospect League scouted him as a potential 5-tool player with “massive power and the ability to consistently square the ball up and drive it all over the field.”

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