The White Sox signed four 16-year-old international free agents on Thursday, headlined by a familiar name.
Infielders Fernando Tatis Jr., Brayant Nova and Santo Vasquez and outfielder Franklin Reyes agreed to terms with the White Sox on the first day teams are allowed to sign international free agents. Baseball America reported Reyes earned a $1.5 million bonus, Tatis a $700,000 bonus and Vasquez a $300,000 bonus. All four players are natives of the Dominican Republic.
"We are extremely excited to add each of these four young men to the Chicago White Sox organization today,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Thanks to Marco Paddy and the efforts of our international scouting staff across Latin America, we continue to add waves of very talented young players to our system. All of this success will ultimately pay off in Chicago in seasons to come.”
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"We are very excited about all of these four players and our entire 2015 signing class," Paddy, the White Sox special assistant to the GM, international operations, said. "Not only are these young men impressive players on the baseball diamond with outstanding skills, but I have been incredibly impressed with them as individuals off the field as well. Each of these young men is a tribute to his family, and we are excited to have them begin their careers with the White Sox."
Reyes’ reported bonus would be just shy of the club-record $1.6 million given to outfielder Micker Adolfo in 2013.
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MLB.com ranked Tatis Jr. as the 27th-best international free agent and Reyes at No. 30, while Baseball America rated Reyes at No. 27 in its international free agent rankings.
Tatis Jr.’s father played 11 years in the major leagues and finished his career with 113 home runs and a .785 OPS. He was best known for hitting two grand slams in the same inning against Dodgers right-hander Chan Ho Park while with the Cardinals in 1999.
Venezuelan outfielder Harvin Mendoza was not included in the White Sox announcement of their international signings, though Baseball America reported that’s a done deal.