The Mets signed Dominican outfielder Ricardo Cespedes this morning on his 16th birthday for $725,000.
Cespedes, who is 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, is a lefty with a good setup, a loose swing and a gap to gap approach. He has solid speed and should start his career as a center fielder. BA subscribers can access more information about Cespedes.
Cespedes will be one of the youngest players signed to a professional contract this year, as he wouldn't have been eligible to sign until July 2, 2014 had he been born eight days later.
The Mets signed Cespedes from Jhon Carmona, the same trainer who had shortstop Amed Rosario last year when he signed with the Mets on July 2 for $1.75 million, the biggest bonus of the 2012-13 signing period.
Since the 2013-14 international signing period opened on July 2, the Mets also signed Venezuelan catcher Aly Sanchez (the No. 25 international prospect) for $690,000 and Venezuelan shortstop Luis Carpio (the No. 30 prospect) for $300,000. The Mets also signed Dominican shortstop Yeffry de Aza for $475,000 and Venezuelan righthander Luis Silva for $275,000. All of those players are also 16.