The Padres have signed four amateur prospects from Latin America, including 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Euri Minaya for $700,000.
Minaya, who is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, projects as a right fielder, as his best tools are his righthanded raw power and arm strength. Several scouts leading up to July 2 had concerns about Minaya's propensity to swing and miss, particularly at breaking pitches, but Minaya impressed the Padres with his ability to make swing adjustments since then. Minaya, who had surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand in April 2011 and got back on the field last year in October, trained with Valentin Monero and was represented by Rob Plummer.
The Padres also signed Starling Ynfante, an 18-year-old Dominican righthander, for $200,000. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Ynfante's arm works well, his fastball sits in the low-90s with heavy action and has touched 94. He also throws a firm changeup with some promise and a curveball. Ynfante trained with Victor Baez and was represented by Jim Sanson and Luis Scheker.
A third Dominican prospect, Ronaldo Jose Contreras, signed with the Padres for $140,000. Contreras, 16, has started to fill out his athletic frame and is now 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with good bat speed and power potential from the right side, though some scouts have noted he has a tendency to lunge at the ball. He's a below-average runner with an average to a tick above-average arm that should allow him to play right field.
The Padres also signed Elys Ugueto, a Venezuelan shortstop with good hands and a slender 6-foot-1, 160-pound build. A righthanded hitter, Ugueto trained with Ciro Barrios and signed for $50,000.
San Diego's biggest international signing of the year came back on July 2, when the Padres signed Dominican third baseman Carlos Belen (the No. 8 prospect for July 2) for $1 million.
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