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Cubs set to sign No. 1 international prospect Eloy Jimenez

Jul 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Nothing is official yet, but Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with Eloy Jimenez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic who ranked as the No. 1 international prospect available this year according to both and Baseball America.

Chicago made several moves yesterday to add significant international signing bonus money from other teams, although Sanchez says “another team was in the mix and offered more money.”

Jimenez is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, but Ben Badler of Baseball America writes that he “has average raw power and a flat swing that results in hard line drives rather than loft power.” Of course, at 16 projecting more power development makes sense and Jimenez would definitely have been a high first-round pick if he were draft eligible.

If you’re interested in reading about the many big-money signings on the international market yesterday, I highly recommend’s coverage and specifically Badler’s posts on Twitter.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Sounds like a smart signing on the part of the Cubs.

  2. iwillfindyou - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Keep on building for the future. That’s all we can do.

  3. valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    That’s the #1, #2 and #16 prospects signed by the Cubs. Plus another pitcher who was just outside the top 30.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      A good way to fix a farm system, even if it costs more than going strictly with the rule 4 draft.

      They are capitalizing on what will soon be eliminated with a international player draft.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Now the Cubs just need to finish last and get themselves in a position to take NC States Carlos Rodon next year and avoid free agent spending till 2015. Maybe then they push for .500 and who knows by 2017. Maybe some Cubs fans don’t want to hear 2017, but to rebuild for long term success it needs to be done.

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