‘Investment of $5.6 million’ SD, 16-year-old No. 1 promising catcher shot a large amount
- on Jan 16, 2023
The San Diego Padres have recruited the best prospects through aggressive investments in the international market. The San Diego club
officially announced on the 16th (Korean time), “Today, the club signed a contract with Venezuelan catcher Ethan Salas (16).”
An international amateur player is a prospect from a third country that cannot participate in the major league draft, such as the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
. He is the catcher who ranked first in the 메이저놀이터 ‘International Amateur Top 50 Prospect 50.’ Not only that, he also ranked first in the category in Baseball America and MLB Pipeline Prospect Rankings
. “This year’s international prospect group can be classified as the best in Padres history,” he said, “according to sources, Salas’ signing bonus is $5.6 million (approximately 7 billion won).” This year’s San Diego’s international signing bonus pool is $ 5.8255
million, of which 96% can be said to have been invested in Salas.
MLB.com said, ‘Salas is considered one of the best prospects. He is a player born for baseball. The strong skills he displays on the field are noteworthy in that his grandfather, father, and uncles were pros. He is the younger brother of Miami Marlins prospect Jose Salas and has the potential to grow into one of the best players in his family.
According to a local scouting report, Salas is recognized as a possibility in both pitches. He judges the strike zone well and hits the ball evenly from left to right. In particular, his swing is soft and his wrist and waist strength are good, so his slugging power is expected to continue to increase.
As a catcher, he has soft hands and excellent blocking and catching skills. His shoulder is strong, his throwing ability is impeccable, and he has mobility. His leadership in the clubhouse was also said to stand out.