The Rangers have signed Dominican shortstop Yimmelvyn Alonzo for $350,000.
Alonzo, 16, stands out for his strength and plus raw power from the right side. His hitting has been inconsistent, but he’s performed well in games for some teams, including at the Dominican Prospect League-Perfect Game International Series in June, when he went 3-for-7 with a triple and a walk.
Scouts aren’t sure where the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Alonzo is best suited on the field, but he has worked out for teams at third base, second base and in the corner outfield spots. He’s expected to begin his career next season as a shortstop in the Dominican Summer League. Baseball America subscribers can read more about Alonzo.
Alonzo trained with Edwin Sabater and was teammates with Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez on the Dominican Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program team that won the RBI junior division World Series title last summer in Miami. Rangers prospects Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara had also helped lead the Dominican Republic to an RBI junior division championship two years ago. Rangers righthander Pedro Payano and shortstop Crisford Adames also played in the Dominican RBi program.
With the Rangers having gone more than 15 percent beyond their $1,942,700 international bonus pool, they’re facing a 100 percent overage penalty, which means Alonzo will essentially cost them $700,000.