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Phillies Sign 16 Year Old Luis Encarnacion

20130809-081717.jpg According to Baseball America, the Phillies have signed 16 year old international prospect from the Dominican Republic Luis Encarnacion to a contract worth $1 million.

He turned 16 at midnight this morning, and shortly thereafter the Phillies jumped in with the signing. (how’s that for a birthday present?) People with knowledge of the situation would’ve been shocked if the Phils didn’t sign him.

The 6-2, 195 pound third baseman is considered the #4 international prospect and a top hitter in Latin America according to the linked article. He’s expected to move to either LF or 1B.

This is a done deal, unlike the agreement with Cuban pitching standout Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, which has reportedly hit a snag.

This is the second international signing or agreement that Ruben Amaro Jr. has done this year. Does this mean that he’s modifying his strategy to build a winning team? With the success of guys like Yu Darvish, Yasiel Puig, and Yoenis Céspedes, the international market looks like it might be a good way to grab a good, MLB ready player–and if RAJ recognizes that and is adapting, I can’t knock him.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Hogey's Role

    August 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Awesome!! Nice job Ruben

  2. Double Trouble Del

    August 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Too late to replenish through the draft, I like the idea of just going out and buying young talent off the international market. Hopefully we will see him in 4 years or so.

  3. Ryne Duren

    August 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    More like 9-11 years! He don’t qualify for a chance till he’s in his mid to late twenty’s. (see Howard, Utley, Chooch, Ruf etc . Coming soon or not so soon Hernandez, Biddle, Franco. blah blah blah .
    But it is refreshing to see the signing of a young man like that. I hope they can get him here when Howards done. It seems with his current size and weight at such a young age he’ll blossom into a real good sized power hitter. Hopefully that is.

    • schmenkman

      August 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

      It’s a common complaint, but I think it’s overstated, at least recently. 23 and under, back to 2006:

      Brown, Galvis, Asche,
      and
      Floyd, Mathieson, Hamels, Kendrick, Worley, Pettibone, Bastardo, Aumont, De Fratus

      Utley and Howard were blocked, rightly or wrongly, but at 23 Ruf was a first baseman who wasn’t exactly blowing away A and A+ pitching. And Chooch at 23 was struggling in Clearwater with a .592 OPS.

    • c. schreiber

      August 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Howard’s replacement is already here..Ruf, Ruf

  4. George

    August 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

    After the Gonzalez “signing,” I’m going to wait until an actual announcement is made by the Phils.

  5. Brian

    August 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Good.

    I thought he was a third baseman though.

  6. Hogey's Role

    August 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Chances are he will end up changing positions, 1 because I read his defense at third wasn’t great and 2 because we already have asche and Franco at that position and chances are if both stay healthy and productive one of them will swap positions…

    Hopefully all three of these guys can continue to develop and we can have a good problem on our hands, instead of the normal bad problems lol…

  7. Double Trouble Del

    August 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    mlbtradeumors.com is reporting that Delmon Young has been released. I can’t take it… the reigning ALCS MVP is without a team.

    • G7

      August 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      6-2 195 at 16 yrs old…kids got size!!

  8. Hogey's Role

    August 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    There is a god… delmon young dfa’d

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