RED SOX INSIDER

Red Sox land top Dominican prospect on international signing day

RED SOX INSIDER

The Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with one of the most athletic prospects in this year's international class.

According to MLB.com and Baseball America, the Red Sox have reached a $1.5 million agreement with right-handed outfielder Miguel Bleis.

The 16-year-old native of the Dominican Republic is considered a consensus top-20 prospect in this year's class. He's 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, with a projectable frame that suggests plus tools across the board.

Baseball America describes him as one of the top athletes in the class, "(with) a sleek, athletic frame with high physical upside." MLB.com, meanwhile, raves that he's one of the biggest and strongest players on the market, but also blessed with an advanced approach at the plate.

"Bleis has a plan once he steps into the batter's box with a feel for the strike zone and it shows," MLB.com wrote.

While the draft is typically the focus of how teams stock a farm system, the international market has produced no shortage of stars in recent years, from San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. to Washington's Juan Soto to Atlanta's Ronald Acuña Jr. All three reached the big leagues by age 20, while Soto posted a .406 on base percentage at age 19.

It's too soon to say how quickly Bleis will develop, but he represents another step towards rebuilding the farm.

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox have also reached agreements with a handful of other prospects, including Venezuelan catcher Enderso Lira, Dominican shortstop Luis Ravelo, and Venezuelan right-hander Alvaro Mejias.