According to Melissa Segura of SI, the Yankees have signed international free agent CF Wilmer Romero. The video above is a brief clip of Romero taking batting practice. Segura does not have bonus data as of yet, but “imagines it is significant.”
Keith Law provided an encouraging scouting report on Romero prior to the July 2nd scouting period:
Romero is a potential five-tool center/right fielder who takes a huge BP and has above-average speed and arm tools. But he is still extremely raw and has to go through MLB’s age verification process. As a result, he won’t sign as early as most of these other players. Both de la Cruz and Romero train at one of the independent facilities on the island, the International Academy of Professional Baseball.
Romero seems to fit in with the Yankee philosophy of picking up high upside players who play the middle of the field, and the scouting report reminds me a bit of Slade Heathcott. Romero is certainly years away and is apparently quite raw, but it is encouraging to see the Yankees compile a large number of lottery ticket type prospects in both the draft and in the international free agent market.
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