Re: International Signing Period
Yairo Munoz, a toolsy switch-hitting shortstop who plays in the DPL. Munoz, a 16-year-old from Cabrera, has a lively 6-foot, 170-pound frame with plus speed and a strong arm. He has gap power, and his raw tools area ahead of his bat as he's an agile athlete who's still learning to play under control on both sides of the ball.
Venezuela has historically produced a high volume of catchers compared to other Latin American countries, and this year's class has several Venezuelan catchers who are getting the attention of scouts. One is Marck Malave, a 16-year-old who is still relatively new to catching full time after converting from the infield. Malave did spend some time as a catcher and infielder on Venezuela's 14-and-under team that played in the COPABE Pan American championships in October 2008. He went 7-for-15 (.467) with a home run, two doubles and a walk in the tournament, where he was the youngest player on a Venezuelan team that included top 2011 two-way prospect Victor Sanchez and top 2010 signings such as Blue Jays righthander Adonys Cardona and Rangers shortstop Rougned Odor.