Scouting Europe is nothing new for the Twins. Their latest addition is 16-year-old German outfielder Max Kepler, who several scouts have said is the best European prospect to come along in years.
The exact bonus isn’t known, but there is talk that Kepler’s bonus could be the highest in European history, which is believed to be the $800,000 the Twins gave lefthander Alexander Smit from the Netherlands in 2002. Kepler has a San Francisco-based agent, Paul Cobbe of Sosnick-Cobbe Sports.
Kepler, who is 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, has been attending a private school and training at an academy in Regensburg, Germany. One scout said Kepler could have five average or better tools in the future.
"Kepler is the toolsiest kid we’ve ever had in Europe," said the scout. "No question."
Baseball America subscribers can read more about Kepler.
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