The San Diego Padres could be at it again. The team has already signed four out of the top eight prospects on the international market, and appear to be one of the finalist for the services of young infielder Yanio Perez.
The Cuban right handed hitter is 20 years old and a little more polished than some of the prospects signed earlier this month by the team. At 6′ 2″ and 205 lbs he has the prototypical size of a third baseman and he also has the power of one. He has some of the best raw power coming out of the draft and projects quite favorably to most scouts.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 21, 2016
Would the Padres again sign a player and pay a 100% luxury tax on him? They just signed Jorge Ono to a $7-million dollar contract ($14-million after the penalty). Can the team afford to take on more penalties to solidify the farm system? Only time will tell, but with the signing period not ending until next June, the Padres will surely be players when it comes to signing these young kids. There should be no more complaining from Padres fans. This commitment already on the international market is unheard of from the Padres.
Perez comes with a very impressive skill set. His power ranking is a 65 according to MLB.com. He also has a decent wheels for a big man. His abilities at third are a work in progress but he should have no problem staying there long-term. At the age of 18 in the Cuban league he had a batting line of .259/.335/.328 his career in the league. Not too bad for a young man who was obviously over matched a bit.
The Astros, Rockies, Reds and Rangers are all said to be in on him too. It is not clear if the Padres are the favorites, but the fact they are linked to another young international player is exciting. If they were to sign Perez the Padres would secure five out of the top ten ranked players on this years draft. That is ridiculous. Preller is Prelling… Enjoy it Padres fans.