As part of the July 2 International Signing Period, Seattle Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner announced the signing of 16-year-old shortstop Carlos Vargas out of the Dominican Republic.
Vargas, listed at 6-3, 180 pounds, was recently in Seattle to sign his contract and took batting practice and infield with the Everett AquaSox.
Here are some pictures of Vargas and a scouting video from Baseball America.
Here is an excerpt from an article on Vargas’ signing on MLB.com:
Scouts like Vargas’ raw power along with his projectable body, and there’s a belief that he will hit for power in the future.
On defense, the teenager could be athletic enough to stay at shortstop as he matures, but he could also end up at third base because of his size. He could also end up in the outfield.
A veteran of MLB’s Amateur Prospect League, Vargas was one of several top international prospects selected to participate in the inaugural International Prospect Series at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex, a joint venture between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Vargas went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in two games against a pair of North Carolina high school teams during the series.
Vargas will train at the Mariners Latin Academy in the Dominican Republic and will make his professional debut starting in 2016.