Two top international prospects have committed to Major League teams, Cover Those Bases learned yesterday.
Venezuelan right-handed pitcher Alvaro Seijas has comitted to the St. Louis Cardinals, a league source said. His bonus is expected to be $750,000. Fellow Venezuelan and outfielder Daniel Montano has committed to the Colorado Rockies for a bonus of $2 million.
Both deals will not become official until July 2, otherwise known as "international signing day."
The 16-year-old Seijas is rated as the sixth-best international prospect, according to MLB.com. Seijas has a fastball that has reached 94 mph and a good makeup. Seijas trains at Carlos Guillen's academy, which should help his growth as a pro.
As for Daniel Montano, 16, the outfielder is ranked as the seventh-best international prospect, also according to MLB.com. Montano has impressed scouts with his ability to hit balls into gaps. Scouts also believe that he will end up in center field due to his good defensive instincts. He's a good hitter and has shown some power.