Milwaukee has made its second major signing this year in the Dominican Republic, this time agreeing to terms with shortstop Santo Aybar.
Aybar, who turns 17 on Saturday, still has to pass his investigation into his age and identity for the signing to become official, according to Fernando Arango, the Brewers coordinator of Latin American scouting. The Brewers also signed Dominican right fielder Jose Pena for $400,000 on July 2, the first day of the international signing period.
A righthanded hitter from Bani, Aybar is around 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, with Arango comparing his frame and power potential to Juan Encarnacion. Though Aybar is currently a shortstop, several scouts have said they expect him to move either to third base or the outfield, and Arango said he expects Aybar to fit in at third or second base.
A complete scouting report on Aybar is available for Baseball America subscribers.
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