Two scouts with American League organizations independently arrived at the same conclusion about Iglesias, a 19-year-old middle infielder. Both compared him to Orlando Cabrera for his batting stance, infield actions and offensive potential.http://www.baseballa...ospects/?p=5505
"He’s a stud," one of the scouts said. "He’s a plus run and plus arm Orlando Cabrera clone. He’s got a quick bat but I didn’t see much power."
The Boston Red Sox reportedly signed 19-year-old Cuban infielder Jose Iglesias to an $8.2 million deal, surprising many in the international scouting community. After Iglesias and LHP Noel Arguelles worked out for teams earlier this year, most pegged both to receive offers in the $1-3 million range.http://insider.espn....angure_jorge_jr
"Exorbitant," one team executive, who attended Iglesias' workout earlier this year, described the signing. "It's crazy, but to each his own. The bat is questionable."
"He's a real small shortstop or second baseman with zero power," one industry source said.
The Cubs also had shown great interest in Iglesias.
"Absolute insanity," one National League international scouting director wrote in an e-mail about the signing. "That number ($8.2 million) would have made him the first or second player selected in the draft and I do not see that. He will play next year at 20 years old. It's one thing to project a 16- or 17-year-old Latin American player who would be sophomore or junior in high school, but a kid that would have already been draft eligible? Wow."
Several talent evaluators agree that being Cuban helped Iglesias in his negotiations. Cuban players often carry a certain mystique, though admittedly very few position-player defectors have had success in the majors. A Dominican player of the same age and same skill set as Iglesias would have struggled to get $100,000, the talent evaluators argue.
Nice, consistent, reports.
Congrats to the National League international scouting director not understanding the difference between drafting a player and one that is a free agent and can sign with any team.
Edited by SoxScout, 10 July 2009 - 02:46 PM.