The Dodgers have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Michael Medina and Dominican shortstop Carlos Aquino, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America & Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy, respectively. Medina was signed for $275,000, whereas Aquino agreed for $75,000.
Medina, who is from Santo Domingo and trained with Amauris Nina, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and played in the International Prospect League all-star game last week. He showed a projectable frame with good bat speed from the right side, power and the ability to use the opposite field. He most likely projects as a corner outfielder, with a solid arm that could fit in right field.
Medina was one of the youngest players who became eligible to sign in 2012, as he didn’t turn 16 until Aug. 24. Had he been born a little more than a week later, he wouldn’t have been eligible to sign until July 2, 2013.
Carlos Aquino is a shortstop from Santiago D.R., which is the same town as Jose Reyes. The Dodgers and Aquino agree to a contract value of $75,000. The contract is pending MLB approval. I don’t have his exact age yet.
Here’s a YouTube video of Aquino batting for scouts last year in ‘Estadio Jose Reyes’. He’s batting left-handed here but I’m reading reports that he is a switch hitter.
Both obviously still have work to do and have a long way to go, but most importantly, the Dodgers are leaving footprints all over the international market now, and it’s just weird (but awesome, of course) to experience.