The Rangers signed two 16-year-old players represented by Luis Blasini in Venezuela, landing lefthander Yohander Mendez for $1.5 million and outfielder Eduard Pinto for $300,000, according to multiple Rangers reporters citing an official team announcement.
Mendez's bonus surprised some international scouts because his fastball is mostly in the mid-to-high 80s right now, though he does have a clean delivery, projectable size (6-foot-4, 175 pounds) and some feel for his secondary pitches. Pinto played against professional competition last winter for the Navegantes in the Liga Paralela (the minors of the Venezuelan League) and hit .329/.396/.409 in 164 at-bats.
Full scouting reports on both Mendez and Pinto are available only to Baseball America subscribers.
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