The Dodgers have once again added to an increasingly deep Minor League system.
The Dodgers have once again made a splash in the international free agent market. With a focus on strengthening the farm system the Dodgers have been busy loading up on high end Cuban talent. This time the Dodgers have added outfielder and 3rd ranked international prospect, Yusniel Diaz and infielder Omar Estevez.
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Diaz,19, signed for $15.5M. He was the favorite to win Cuba’s Rookie of the Year award but defected as soon as the season finished. Diaz is most commonly praised for his athleticism, Diaz hit 13 doubles and 3 triples in 65 games. He has the potential to be a plus defender in the outfield and has a solid arm. His swing is quite busy at times but that should be an easy fix once he is in a professional system everyday. MLB.com rate Diaz 60 hit, 55 power, 70 run, 60 arm and 60 field on the 20-80 scale. At just 19 years old, Diaz is likely a few years away from seeing big league action but has the potential to be an impact player when he does.
Estevez is a 17 year old 2nd baseman. Signed for $6M, information on Estevez is scarce. He is however, said to have plus game power and plus defense despite an average arm. His swing does appear long at times and is something that will have to be improved on if he is to hit professional pitching.
The Dodgers have now signed notable international prospects Yadier Alvarez, Diaz and Starling Heredia.
Both signings are subject to a 100% penalty tax and are pending physicals.