Come this July 2nd, the Yankees will be severely limited on spending on international free agents and missing out on Jorge Soler didn’t stop them from spending some of that money as they gave Omar Luis Rodriguez the largest bonus a IFA has gotten in team history, $4 million.
How good will he be though? Well he’s a 19-year-old lefty that has good command and pitch-ability that can hit up to 93 mph. Here is the rest of his scouting report via Ben Badler of Baseball America:
Luis, 19, has a five-pitch mix, stands out for his pitchability and scouts have lauded him for his competitiveness on the international circuit. His fastball ranges from 86-92 mph and touched 93 at a recent workout with solid sink and run. Luis doesn’t have a knockout pitch, but he mixes his stuff well, attacks hitters aggressively and throws strikes to all quadrants of the zone, though he does have a head whack when he finishes his delivery. His 73-78 mph curveball flashes average and he’ll use it against both lefties and righties, though some scouts prefer his changeup. He’ll mix in the occasional slider and cutter as well. Luis is listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, and he’s a stocky guy who will have to always stay on top of his conditioning…
Given his age and experience level, Luis would likely report as high as low Class A Charleston, though he still must be able to acquire a visa, so it’s not certain when Luis will be able to begin his career. Luis, like Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, is represented by Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports Management.