Mets to sign Dominican shortstop for $1.7M

LOS ANGELES -- Dominican shortstop Germán Ahmed Rosario will sign with the Mets for $1.7 million when major league teams are permitted to sign international 16-year-olds on Monday, ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas reports.

That would be the highest international bonus ever for a Mets signing, topping the $1.3 million handed to Fernando Martinez in 2005.

Rojas indicated the Blue Jays also showed interest in Rosario, while Baseball America listed the Astros and White Sox.

Rojas listed the 6-3, 170-pound Rosario as his No. 2 Latin American prospect. Rosario could end up at third base. Rojas describes Rosario as a polished hitter with power.

Baseball America ranks the right-hitting, righty-throwing Rosario 11th on its prospect list. The magazine notes he is well-educated and that his father is a lawyer. Writes BA:

Rosario might be the most divisive player in Latin America. He has a long, lanky build, good bat speed and raw power in batting practice along with average speed. Some scouts who like Rosario enough to have him ranked as the top prospect in the Dominican Republic, seeing him as a true shortstop ... with power. ... He showed that at the MLB showcase in February in games against Venezuela, going 4-for-7 with a double, a walk and no strikeouts. Supporters like his fielding instincts, hands, arm strength and ability to make the barehanded play. Other scouts see an upright hitter with a leg kick that gets him out on his front foot against offspeed stuff and leads to strikeouts with his uppercut stroke. His body has a lot of room to fill out, so he may end up at third base, but some scouts aren't sold on his infield actions and see him as a corner outfielder.