The A's have agreed to terms with Vicmal de la Cruz, a top center field prospect from the Dominican Republic.
De la Cruz, who turns 17 on Nov. 20, is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound lefthanded hitter from Santo Domingo who trained at the La Academia complex in the Dominican Republic. While his skills are still raw, some scouts said de la Cruz had some of the best all-around tools of any prospect from this year's international signing class.
Baseball America subscribers can read a complete scouting report on de la Cruz and more than 30 of the other top international prospects. De la Cruz is the second major signing for the A's on the international free agent market this year, as the club also signed Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez on July 2 for $2.2 million, tied for the third-highest bonus for any international amateur prospect signed this year and tied for 11th all time. The club also signed Argenis Raga, a top catcher from Venezuela, later in July.
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