The Yankees have signed Venezuelan catcher Miguel Flames, the No. 16 international prospect for July 2, for $1.1 million.
Flames, a 16-year-old righthanded hitter, had been a third baseman until the end of last year, when he moved behind the plate. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, there are questions about whether Flames will stick behind the plate, but some scouts felt Flames was one of the better hitters available in Venezuela this year, especially after he dominated a national tournament last summer. Flames (pronounced “FLAH-Mays”) trained with Alexi Quiroz.