The Mets have signed Venezuelan shortstop Luis Carpio, the No. 30 international prospect, for $300,000.
Carpio, who turned 16 today, is 6 feet, 155 pounds and showed improvement in both his tools and skills as July 2 approached, which is why some scouts thought he was one of the more underrated players this year. He’s an athletic player who runs well, shows a line-drive swing from the right side and projects to play a premium position, with those highest on him believing he can play shortstop. Several sources raved about Carpio’s work ethic and hard-nosed style of play that should endear him to managers. Carpio trains with Andres Mujica.
Carpio is the latest significant international signing for the Mets since the 2013-14 signing period opened on July 2. The Mets also signed Venezuelan catcher Ali Sanchez (the No. 25 international prospect) for $690,000, along with Dominican shortstop Yeffry de Aza for $475,000 and Venezuelan righthander Luis Silva for $275,000.