The Mets paid their biggest bonus to a catcher
The Mets paid their biggest signing bonus this January 15 to Yovanny Rodriguez, a catcher from Venezuela who was ranked sixth in MLB's Pipeline top 50 International Prospects list. Rodriguez is an advanced catcher with the potential to be a star on both sides of the ball as a player.
On several occasions, the Mets are looking for the best talent available in the prospects market that would not result in an excessive cost, and with Rodriguez, they hit the nail on the head. The young catcher is classified as one of the players with the chance of being the best player in his entire class.
On the offensive end, Rodriguez projects as a hitter with hard contact skills and the ability to hit all over the field. On the defensive side, scouts value his ability to frame pitches with good hands and footwork.
An important aspect in the profile of this young prospect is his powerful arm, a fundamental tool in modern baseball due to the impact that stolen bases once again have on the game. This arm power and his leadership ability to command pitches ensure that he can stay at the position long term, which would make him a high-value piece in the organization for playing a premium position.