The New York Mets signed three international free agents yesterday, all of whom are featured in MLB.com’s list of the top 50 international players.
New York Mets Shield catcher Daiverson Gutierrez:
They added Daiverson Gutierrez, a 17-year-old catcher ranked No. 27 on MLB.com’s Top 50 list. Gutierrez is listed at 6-foot-2, 206 pounds, is from Venezuela and received a $1.9 million signing bonus with the Mets. The young contender is known for his talent as a right-hander with some power, while being a consistent defensive player at the catcher and having a notable arm. Gutierrez has been praised for his intangible leadership skills.
New York Mets Sign Outfielder Anthony Baptist:
The Mets also acquired Anthony Baptist, a 17-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, with a $1.1 million signing bonus. He is a left-handed defender who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 155 pounds. MLB.com lists Baptist as the 29th international player. His main attribute is his breathtaking speed and because of that he is predicted as a midfielder. The speed Baptist has allows him the range needed to cover a lot of ground. That speed also gives him the potential to be a base-stealing machine for the Mets. Baptist was reportedly clocked in 6.1 seconds during the 60-yard dash.
The New York Mets sign shortstop Christopher Larez:
Finally, from the pool of top international candidates, the team settled on an agreement with the 43rd candidate, shortstop Christopher Larez. His signing bonus amount was $1.5 million. He has a right-handed racquet and arm listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. Larez is from Venezuela. His projected top is a five-tool shortstop, as he’s well-documented for his polish and instinct at that position. Larez has demonstrated some ability to hit for contact and as he’s still 17 his power should improve as he gains experience and grows.
Some other international free agents signed by the New York Mets:
The Mets also added some young guns during this period of international free agency. They signed two left-handed pitchers, Wilmer Lugo and Daviel Hurtado, both from Cuba. Hurtado is 19 years old, has thrown a fastball at up to 95 mph and also has a curveball. Lugo has some power for his fastball hitting the mid 90s while also having a curveball and a changeup.