Royals Sign No. 12 International Prospect Marten Gasparini For $1.3 Million

Italian shortstop Marten Gasparini, the No. 12 international prospect for July 2, has signed with the Royals for $1.3 million, a record for a European amateur player.

Some scouts consider Gasparini, 16, the best prospect to ever come out of Europe at his age. At 6 feet, 175 pounds, Gasparini is one of the best athletes on the international market, has excellent speed and should play a premium position, with a lot of scouts projecting him as a center fielder. He’s a switch-hitter who performed well at the 15U World Championship last August in Mexico. Our feature on Gasparini from May has more details on his background and skill set.

Baseball America subscribers can access a complete scouting report on Gasparini, along with reports on more of the top international prospects on the market.