On Friday, the
St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have agreed to terms with six prospects
fromLatin America, all of whom became eligible to sign on July
From the Dominican Republic:
baseman Roberto De La Cruz (also known as
Roberto Pina). Born in San Pedro de
Macoris on 11/10/1991. 6-2, 180.
handed pitcher Santo Franco. Born in Bani on 11/28/1991. 6-7, 190.
handed pitcher Dennis Montero. Born in Hato Mayor on 11/20/1991. 6-1, 162.
Shortstop Grabiel Hernandez. Born in San Pedro de Macoris on
Shortstop Cesar Valera. Born in Ocumare on 3/8/1992. 6-1, 180.
handed pitcher Jose Weffer. Born in Moron on 5/18/1992. 6-1, 178.
These players will be signed
pending physicals and completion of age investigations.
“This is an exciting group of
prospects that adds to our growing Latin American program. Our investment in young Latin American
players this year is the largest in club history. Ownership has supported our efforts to
build the infrastructure of facilities and staff and enabled us to compete for
the top talent” said Jeff
Luhnow, Vice President of Scouting and Player
“We’ve scouted these players over
the past year and very intensely in the past few months leading up to the
signing date,” said Moises Rodriguez, Director of Latin
American Operations. “Each of these players was being heavily courted by several
other organizations, but in the end we were able to land them by being
competitive with the signing bonuses and convincing them of the fit with the
“In my opinion, De la Cruz was the
best available bat in Latin America,” said Juan
Mercado, Scouting Supervisor for Latin
America. “Franco has
potential to be a top of the rotation starter someday in the big leagues and
very few pitchers have his combination of size, stuff, and pitchability at such
a young age. Add to that the
premier middle infielder from Venezuela in Valera with plus defensive and offensive potential, and
this is a July 2nd group that should make a big impact in St. Louis
in the years to