The Texas Rangers made a big splash on the first day of the international signing period, agreeing with 16-year-old Dominican center fielder Leody Taveras for a reported $2.1 million.
Taveras, a switch-hitter who hits for average and power, was ranked as the No. 3 international prospect by Baseball America.
“Our international scouts did an outstanding job signing Leody Taveras, one of the most talented players in this year’s international amateur market,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “Willy Espinal, Roberto Aquino, Gil Kim and the rest of our scouts have worked tirelessly evaluating Taveras.
“Taveras is a dynamic, switch-hitting center fielder who comes from a terrific family rich in baseball tradition.”
Taveras has two cousins who played for major league organizations. Willy Taveras was a center fielder from 2004-10 for, among others, Houston and Colorado, and Luis Taveras was a catcher who advanced as far as Triple A in the Rangers’ organization and is currently a trainer.
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