The Yankees continue their small spending this offseason, this time obtaining a prospect from the International market.
According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Yankees have signed Colombian OF Bryan Emery. Emery, 16, was the last available player from Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects list from July 2nd, meaning the Yankees have now signed 10 of the 30 from the list.
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Emery is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with a loose swing from the left side. He had been switch-hitting, though he’s hit exclusively lefthanded in recent months. He’s strong and generates easy, explosive power, though leading up to July 2, there were mixed reviews about his game hitting, partly because of his environment. Emery trained with Ivan Noboa, the same trainer who brokered an international amateur record $4.95 million bonus for Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara with the Rangers in 2011, and scouts frequently lament that they can’t get enough game looks at Noboa’s players.
Some scouts who have seen him recently have seen better game performance, with a simplified hitting approach and a cleaner setup that helped him stay more direct to the ball. Emery’s athletic for his size, has a strong arm and has worked out for clubs in the infield and the outfield, but he fits best in right field, where he will begin his career.
The acquisition of Emery will cost the Yankees double the bonus to sign him. The team already spent more than the bonus pool meaning they are now paying 100% overage tax on all of the signings. This also means the Yankees won’t be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, staring July 2, 2015.
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