7/2 Cubs sign top prospect
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports the Cubs have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres to a $1.7 million deal. Torres ranked third among international prospects on MLB.com’s list. According to Baseball America’s Ben Badler, Torres has drawn comparisons to Freddy Sanchez. MLB.com’s scouting report says Torres “does everything well” and is the top player from Venezuela in this year’s class.
The Cubs also have reportedly signed Dominican right-handed pitcher Jefferson Mejia for $850,000. Mejia, 18, pitched at the Rays’ Dominican academy in January in the International Prospect League All-Star game, according to Badler.